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“Imaginative and Excellent Food”
Review of BLACKSMITH ITALIAN

BLACKSMITH ITALIAN
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Ranked #26 of 244 Restaurants in Bozeman
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Italian
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 27 March 2014

We visited Blacksmith Italian last week on a Friday evening. We were greeted right away and shown to our table by a pleasant and welcoming hostess. The menu length was just about right-one page-with plenty to choose from but not too many as to be overwhelming. The two of us shared a starter of calamari puttanesca which was excellent. The calamari were very lightly breaded and cooked perfectly so they were very tender. They were served over a slightly spicy red sauce that complemented the light taste of the seafood. Our second course was the anchovy salad. The greens were fresh and lightly coated with a tasty vinaigrette. The white anchovies, placed on the top, were of high quality, but we did decide that they still don't like anchovies much. My manicotti was unusual but delicious. The filling was put into thin crepes, along with the interesting addition of braised kale. The tomato sauce covering the dish was good. My husband's Tuscan steak was a good cut but just a bit over-cooked. Also, his accompanying potato wedges were not quite done. We did mention the potatoes to our wait staff and were given a comp dessert in response. On the whole, it was a very pleasant dinner. The service was good and our bottle of wine was excellent. The place itself is very noisy, however, and it would be difficult to try to converse with a table of friends. I would suggest they consider adding some acoustical modifiers, such as tapestries on the walls.

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Reviewed 15 March 2014

This placed is a gem! I have lived in Providence, RI where there is some of the best Italian restaurants and have traveled extensively to major cites known for good Italian food. This is right up there with the best. Excellent, freshly made dishes, nice wine list and excellent craft brews by Bozeman Brewing Company. The service is excellent. this is for sure a bucket list place to visit when in Bozeman!

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Reviewed 23 February 2014

We dined with friends last night at Blacksmith Italian and found it to be disappointing. First, the pros: our server did a fine job. The wine list was good, with a fair selection of italian wines and 2x pricing. The 'arancini florentine' side plate was OK but if you've ever had a real italian arancino you would be sorely disappointed in these black-colored rice balls. The wild salmon risotto was tasty but the risotto did not appear to be made with italian arborio rice, but with some kind of desperately over-cooked soupy long grain rice. The Orecchiette Rustica were dismal little things, tasteless and tough in a tomato sauce that was surely not made with good San Marzano tomatoes. The Butterscotch Budino dessert was grainy and pretty much tasteless. We couldn't finish it. Overall, hard to describe much of any of this as italian. I've spent 10 wonderful trips in italia from north to south and haven't encountered food like this, there (thankfully). Seating was shoulder-to-shoulder and accoustics were poor and thus the room was very noisy. Want some good genuine italian food in the Bozeman area? Visit D'amasco's in Belgrade (of all places!) or try Black Bird in Bozeman.

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Reviewed 22 February 2014

found this little gem by accident -great food and wonderful service- nice atmosphere and the owner gives personalize attention. Nice wine selections and excellent selection of small plates. We'll be going back soon.

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Reviewed 10 January 2014 via mobile

Only second time here but impressed with the quality and quantity of the lamb with polenta cakes. My wife's squid ink pasta was tasty but didn't see the usual black ink coloring the pasta. Delicious with generous portions

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