This was for nine years our favorite restaurant in the area. As locals we have eaten here perhaps fifty times. The inside has been recently perked up with new paint and curtains. This is a cozy steamy place in winter with the snow falling. The summer deck has views of the surrounding hills, and the stars. It is tiny, smells of Parmesan, and reservations are a must.
Unfortunately the menu hasn't changed much (well, except the prices) since we first came here. It is pretty limited fare, served simply, and is usual pretty good. Nothing is pretentious, and nothing is truly special. The bread and salad (served family style), with every meal are the best feature. I have never had a bad salad at DaVinci's. There is plenty of variety if you are here visiting - but it is frustrating if you eat here more than twice. We have fun with the waiters, reciting the daily specials before they can. Charles and Doug are wonderful fixtures of this restaurant, and tolerate this with good humor.
The dinner tonight was very consistent with the thirty or so times I've tried the chicken picata in the past. I alternate between the picata and the meat lasagna sometimes adventuring to the egg plant. My partner's spaghetti carbonara was much better than average.
Unfortunately the mussels weren't available (we do live in the mountains and this happens). The big disappointment was with the dessert. There should be a rule that when you order something, it should resemble the thing that you ordered. If you expect a Tiramisu to be moist from a gentle soak in brandy and made up of dry lady fingers and mascarpone cheese, and a dab of espresso and a light dairy fill, than you will not recognize this frozen dried out slab of recently thawed artificially flavored cardboard masquerading as a chocolate cheesecake. . What really aced it for me was that while I was trying to douse the aftertaste with a pitcher of water, the owner's wife reassured me that it got rave reviews from some of the customers.
I don't know. It may be awhile before we return. But if I were visiting the area, I would still make a visit to Davinci's, and if you do come, try their mile high frozen chocolate ice cream cake.
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