During the last restaurant week, I suggested to my better half that we meet for lunch. We looked for a restaurant that was about half way between our offices and chose Il Portico. We had been there several times before and I was once again reminded that we went to places like this when we were courting but after marriage not so much.
Restaurant week offers a 3 course meal for $20. So, my wife considers this an early dinner, I consider it a good lunch and we both consider it a good value. For our first course, my wife opted for the Insalata Mista and I chose the Insalata Caprese. She thoroughly enjoyed the balsamic vinaigrette and I enjoyed the addition of roasted red peppers to what it typically tomatoes and cheese. The second course offered several good choices and my wife opted for the Gnocchi Al Quattro Formaggi, partly for the pasta but mostly for the four cheese sauce. I selected the Ossobuco since all meat is good but veal is really good. As the course was presented, we realized that we had both made excellent choices. For our final course, we had a dessert sampler that presented a good mix of pastry and chocolate. Fortunately, my wife was getting full and that meant more for me. A 3 course lunch for $20 in under an hour was just what we were looking for. Of course, now that Il Portico has raised the bar, I am left having to meet significantly higher expectations.
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