Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Enoteca Roma Ristorante

We were in search of a solid neighborhood Italian restaurant and found a few options but settled on Enoteca Roma. I'm glad we did because it is top notch good food with a great vibe and a solid menu. The back patio is quite large, even though there is also a front patio. Now that I think about it, there is probably more seating outside than inside - and that includes the connected Letizia's Bakery (same owner). I understand why they had blankets on all the seats for customer use as the weather turns. But the large backyard patio with small candles and blankets is the perfect setting for a neighborhood Italian spot.

We kept the meal simple and classic. There are more than a few bruschetta options and you can mix and match (they even split them in half to share). We ordered a Vinny (gorgonzola, caramelized onions), Emilia (tomato, garlic, basil, prosciutto) and two Napoli (Tomato, Baby Mozzarella, Pesto). All were good and I really liked the Vinny.

We also started with a salad to share since the description of the Rucola Classica sounded too good to pass up (arugula, cherry tomato, shaved parmigiano, lemon juice, extra virgin olive oil).

I could have eaten more since it was a nice a refreshing salad and a perfect size to start but I'm glad we saved room for the pasta. We both were craving delicious home made Italian pasta and we came to the right place. Erica out-ordered me with the Cuervo (campanelle pasta, venison bolognese sauce). I loved the texture of the campanelle and the venison bolognese was great (I had to savor my few stolen bites). My dish (Arrabiata - penne pasta, roasted garlic, spicy marinara, enoteca sausage) was also very good and had a little more happening but all in a respectable package. The sauce wasn't overwhelming but had a nice spice flavor. I liked the sausage and can never have enough garlic. The portions were large and fairly priced in the mid the teens. One dish can be shared or just take home the extras.

I'm really happy we decided to explore our local Italian options. We will be hard pressed to venture away from Enoteca since we know the food is great with plenty of options. It might not be a destination restaurant but I doubt the locals want it any other way. I am happy to join the many fans of an inviting neighborhood ristorante.

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