Wednesday, December 22, 2010
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For dinner we started by having our server pick for us a couple salumi, a couple cheeses and a trio of olives. All were great and served with some homemade toasted flat bread. Then we shared the Veal Bolognaise Gnocchi and Shrimp Ravioli. Both were great and both I would have again. After the past we shared the also excellent Short Ribs. We rounded out dinner with a meatball and mushroom pizza. The pizza was great, but we had to take most of it home. We washed all of this down with a terrific bottle of wine. They have a nice wine list and prices are very fair.
Only a couple days past and we were back for brunch. We started off with Zeppole which are Italian doughnuts with whipped cream, cherries and chocolate. These were such a hit with the kids we immediately ordered a second plate. We then shared Hash browns with Gouda, Double Smoked Bacon, Angel hair Pasta with Meatballs and a Pepperoni Pizza. Everything was great, but if I had to pick a favorite it would be the Hash browns. I will be going back for these.
Scusi has a cozy little wine bar and a main dining room divided by the kitchen. The wine bar would make a great place to sample a few plates over a glass of wine. They offer a number of wines by the glass on tap and are able to keep the bottles sealed in a glass cooler.
The plates are on the smaller side and meant to share. Prices are very reasonable and the quality overall is high. Service on both visits was great.
Scusi is located near the corner of St. Clair and Fairview at 1806 St. Clair Avenue. Just down the street from the Groveland tap.
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Saji Ya is located on Grand Avenue near Dale in Saint Paul.
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The atmosphere is upscale and trendy but still feels warm and invited. The artwork in the restaurant and hotel are worth the visit.
The menu is grouped by antipasti, pasta and secondi. Our waitperson recommended that we each go with one of each. If I go back I would probably stick to the small plates, as they were the highlight of the meal and after which we were all getting a bit full to really appreciate the main course. The fresh bread served was great and could have easily made a satisfying meal paired with the small plates. I think we went through three baskets.
We started with the mussels, tuna, lamb meatballs and roasted beets. All of these were excellent. The mussels were served in a basil-garlic butter and were so good we ordered some more to share with the table. My favorite was the lamb meatballs served with pine nut, currant and yogurt. These, by themselves, will probably bring me back. The yellow fin tuna was served with avocado and melon and I really liked the roasted beets with pistachio, Gorgonzola and pumpkin seed vinaigrette. The beets with the Gorgonzola is a great combo.
We tried the mushroom risotto, ravioli and butternut squash cappelletti for the pasta course. They were all solid, but I think the standout was the ravioli with bufala ricotta, goat cheese, speck, tomato and basil.
Everyone was pretty full by the time the main course was delivered to the table. We tried the braised short rib, sea scallop, grilled swordfish and chicken under brick. All the dinners were good, but I didn't have anything that would send me racing back.
D' Amico has a great wine list, but the prices are a bit of a hammer. I don't understand why restaurants feel they need to charge three retail.
If you go to D' Amico Kitchen or the Chambers Hotel during the winter make sure to check out the Ice Chamber ice bar and fire pit out in the courtyard.
D' Amico Kitchen is located in the Chambers Hotel at 901 Hennepin Avenue. Right across the street from the Orpheum Theatre. Their phone number is 612-767-6960. D' Amico Kitchen's hours are 6:30am - 10pm Sunday through Thursday and 6:30am - 10pm Friday and Saturday.