Thursday, July 29, 2010

Enoteca Social

Home style Roman cuisine done with modern style and great ingredients.

I spent $55 for 1 glass of wine, 1 app, 1 pasta, 1 vege side after tax and tip

I had a fantastic meal there and will be going again. The decor was homey and not as hipster chick as Libretto, the owner's other establishment, but I didn't mind that. They have a great outdoor patio, which is quiet and was buzzing with excitement. The wine list was great and had a lot of inexpensive options. The service was warm, friendly and attentive with zero hipster attitude some popular west end places can inherent.

Braised and seared octopus, was the best thing I ate that night. Amazing soft texture with a great sear and depth of flavor. I did however find the fava bean undercooked and the potatoes not memorable.

Fried Veal sweetbreads- were nicely friend, crispy and not oily and were paired with a spicy mayo and arugula. All an all a great dish.

Papardalle with braised rabbit: perfect al dente noodles with hand pulled shreds of rabbit meat in a buttery sauce, was very well done and delicious. I did feel however that the dish could have used a bit more zing.

Duck liver ravioli – this dish had a lot more flavor and character. Traditional blown butter and sage sauce with a toothsome pasta and wonderfully smooth duck liver filling that had just enough liver flavor to make this dish really special.

Contorni of sauteed rapini and batter fried zucchini sticks were simple delicious and perfectly executed..

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