Warm welcome, small place but we were fortunate to be seated quickly even without reservations (with many more great reviews this won't be easy on a Saturday night) with prompt, friendly and informative but not overdone or intrusive service. EVERY SINGLE DISH WAS EXCELLENT.
I was astounded at how beautifully each was presented and then in love when each flavor was so wonderfully balanced against another. The textures of the pastas and meats and fresh and gently cooked vegetables and even the precise mincing of the vegetables and meat in the soup were amazing. The wine list was a grace and comfort with only excellent local wines. Very little need to struggle to find something to complement the menu. My husband had the Toffanelli charbono. I'm not drinking alcohol this year so I had the floral tea; even that was great. Stout cast iron pot and gourmet quality herb tea. Perfect on a chilly night.
We started with a generous crab salad as gorgeously arranged as any I've ever seen with asparagus, lettuces, tiny tomatoes, avocado slices, herbs and a delicately applied dressing. Next was the duck soup; a mid-weight broth with that interesting mince of vegetables just the right size to taste each vegetable but so delicately done that it became artistic.
For main courses, because we are kind to each, we shared a plate of wild mushroom ravioli and a plate of roasted wild boar on a bed of paparadelli. The ravioli were hands down the best ravioli I've ever had. (I've been eating in the Napa Valley for 30 years.) They appeared as a surprising pile of grey mushroom cream sauce speckled with bits of bright red and green like Christmas lights shining on a gloomy night over plump fantastically tasty pasta and mushroom with hints of truffle and unknown but delicious other fungi. Never have I enjoyed a ravioli or mushroom dish as much as this. Superb flavors and textures.
The wild boar in a deep, rich sauce with spicy apples and dark greens was so tender and perfectly cooked and balanced just right against the papardelli which was absolutely fresh and al dente perfecto.
We were completely full as the quantities were right for two medium-sized diners to share a salad and soup and enjoy two entrees. We would have had dessert, but they were out of the chocolate lava cake and we really didn't want to stuff ourselves before dancing at the Hydro. But we'll be back, for certain...and we'll call ahead to reserve a piece of cake and a table!
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