Friday, April 22, 2011

Enoteca Molinari

Ooops! We did it again! We are the worst bloggers ever. We went to Enoteca Molinari back in March, and our lazy asses just got around to writing a review. If anyone still reads this, we're sorry.

This was the second time we've had to double back because a new restaurant opened up on a section of College that we've already been through.

Enoteca Molinari specializes in wine and small plates:

We don't remember which wines we tried, but we liked them a lot. We won't say much more than that because we're both pretty ignorant about wine, but if you're into that sort of thing, you can see their wine list here.
 "Insalata di lattuga" is Italian for lettuce and croutons. It was pretty good in general, but the croutons were amazing. We think it was something about the olive oil they used.
 Bread and butter available upon request. Scoring major points with Briana who will basically boycott any restaurant that doesn't give you bread and butter.
Panissa fritta, chickpea fries with chimichurri sauce. The fries had an awesome texture, but not much flavor on their own. The sauce was killer; light, tangy, cilantrotastic. Together they work really well, although we would have liked to see a higher sauce to fry ratio.

Also, you can play Jenga with the fries to decide who gets more sauce. 

Bistecca con rucola e Parmigiano - Piemontese top sirloin beef with arugula and Parmigiano. The steak was simple and nicely cooked. There wasn't a bunch of sauce marring the flavor of the meat. The cheese and lemon brought out really nice flavors with the arugula when you got a little of each in one bite. It was a pretty filling small plate item.
 We can't remember what this was called, but it was mushrooms in sauce over polenta. The sauce was really rich (in a good way) and the mushrooms were fantastic. The polenta (like all polenta) was polenta. Despite how this picture looks, this dish was tiny.
Molinari was out of the one dessert that looked appealing to us, so here is a picture of the inside of the restaurant that we took as we were leaving to go get frozen yogurt. We sat right there at the bar, which was quite pleasant.

We give Enoteca Molinari 3.5 Sabuys.

Next stop: Pasta Pomodoro

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