We actually had this meal before I even left for Nationals, but I never got around to writing it up. As it is on my Places to Try in 2010, I thought I should jot down what I do remember of it.
We went with Bri and Nicole. We picked Delfino, as my co-worker Deirdre has been raving about it for ages and it is near Nicole’s. We started with the grilled and marinated vegetable antipasto with cheeses and prosciutto, and an arugula salad with pears. The antipasto was a hit; it has delicious grilled mushrooms and a nice assortment of veggies and cheese. I thought the salad had a nice flavor contrast between the pepperiness of the arugula and the sweetness of the pear, but alas, it was overdressed. As I write this, I realize that all salads seem overdressed to me, maybe it’s a personal bias, and you should take all my salad musings with a grain of salt.
Bri had the linguine with mixed seafood in a red sauce. I felt pain as he dumped 2 full bowls of grated cheese on his dish. Doesn’t he know it is taboo to mix cheese and seafood? Scott Conant is having a conniption somewhere. Nicole’s Bolognese was fine, but the noodles were too thick and unwieldy. Sweet Basil, you are still king. R’s veal parm was tender and tasty, a runner up only to my open faced lobster ravioli. There was nothing resembling ravioli, but the mélange of thick noodles, lobster, shrimp, scallops and cream sauce was delicious.
Dessert was a disaster. We ordered a warm chocolate bread pudding that appeared as a soggy, dense, chewy mass of barely chocolate dough. It may win for worse dessert of the year, and it’s only March. The awfulness of the “bread pudding” made the crème burlee seem good in comparison, but it was pedestrian and mundane.
We walked to nearby Geoffrey’s to get a cupcake afterwards. I liked the thick, luscious chocolate frosting, but the cake was nothing special.