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Santa Margherita Ligure: Oca Bianca

Reviewed by: Julie from GA, review #299

When: 2001

Fabulous meal at a great restaurant with great service. They said: "The most important thing is that you enjoy your meal and return to Atlanta saying what a good time you had."

Directions: Go left and around the corner from the Hotel Jolanda 1 block towards the water, on the right.

Fabulous meal! They sat us at 1:30 AM (we had arrived very late in town) and did not rush us at all, even told us not to look at our watches and be worried about them. "The most important thing is that you enjoy your meal and return to Atlanta saying what a good time you had".

So here it is - the service was very professional, very well trained, the food wonderful! Baffo! There were tables of 4 and 7 when we arrived, but we were the only ones for at least a half-hour. On the table when we sat were fabulous olives (I was sad to see these go when the antipasti arrived) and some croutons, as well as hard rolls and butter. We got a bottle of water and continued with another Tuscan antipasti (it was fun to see how this changed from place to place). This came in stages and was served on a variety of plates. We had tomato crostini, some beef pate - that I liked (I donít usually care for pate), a cheese shaved into a curl with spicy apricot jam, grilled bread with olive oil, proscutto, a grilled sausage served on a square of polenta, a rolled ham filled with a cheese mixture, carpaccio of beef with a pesto cream, and another bread (30,000L). We got a bottle of cabernet that was immediately decanted (decanting wine can make a big difference if you have never tried it).

We decided to share 2 pastas for the primi, and the kitchen split them for us serving them as separate courses. The first was a taglietelli pasta with an eggplant, tomato, oil and herb sauce. The second pasta was ravioli verdura with a gorgonzola cream sauce. Both were great. For the secondo I had a very, tender and juicy grilled chicken breast basted with a vinegar sauce and served over rosemary that had been grilled with it. Bill had a grilled lamb, though I don't remember how it was sauced - only that it was good. Both dishes were served with a grilled tomato, carrot slivers, red cabbage (Swiss chard?) and arugula all drizzled with oil and vinegar. A plate of fresh handmade potato chips came on the side. We were stuffed and tired and declined a dolci, so our main waiter brought us 4 sugar and almond clusters that were topped with a nutella like chocolate spread - ummm. Go.

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