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Yumminess alert: Rosa Restaurant in Portsmouth, NH


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Yumminess alert: Rosa Restaurant in Portsmouth, NH

C. Fox | Feb 20, 2001 11:56 PM

Has anyone been to Rosa Restaurant in Portsmouth? Not exactly a new spot -- they had their menu from 70 or 80 years ago on the wall -- but I think they must have survived all that time on the strength of their delicious cooking. The menu is mostly old-fashioned Italian, some old-fashioned American, half a dozen more adventurous specials. I had a wonderful, rich, complex seafood lasagna with an interesting array of ingredients layered just right -- not too much or too little of anything. I am inspired to try to reproduce it at home, one rainy day. My companion had the Cajun prime rib with baker and asparagus on the side, and enjoyed it just fine (although he allowed as how the Cajun spicing didn't really do all that much for it). The starter salad was good, too; one of the rare restaurant iceberg lettuce salads that I've actually enjoyed; not fussed up with too many bits & shreds of this and that, no hideous wintry tomatoes or heavy croutons, just fresh lettuce, young spinach leaves, the occasional olive, and a single pepperoncino (?) on top. We always order our dressing on the side so we can dribble it on at will, and this was blue cheese dressing that tasted like blue cheese. I'm not in Portsmouth that often, but I hope to get back to the Rosa some day.

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