We have been coming to CinCIn for years and have always enjoyed it. Unfortunately, this time we happened to be there when two humongous banquets (one must have had at least 50 people, most likely more) were going on, so the kitchen was--understandably--stretched and the noise in the dining area was much louder than normal. My husband, who is very exacting about Caesar salads, enjoyed his. I had a delicious garlic soup, made creamy with potato. The crusty rolls were served warm and were delicious. Then we waited. And waited. From past experience, I can tell you that this wait for the main courses was abnormal--I am SURE it was due to the large banquets. But the wait was worth it. I had the grappa marinated black cod (aka sablefish) in basil broth with potato/olive oil pasta and fresh vegetables. It was memorable. The black cod was perfectly cooked and, with the other ingredients, sitting in a light broth (maybe chicken and wine?) perfumed with basil. The vegetables included potato, green beans, carrots, and golden (or maybe white) beets, all perfectly cooked. The pasta was out of this world! Still trying to figure out how they made it with potatoes. One of the best dishes I've ever had anywhere. My husband had the pork loin with potato pancetta cake and a dried apple/pear watercress salad. It was scrumptious, the only criticism being that the meat--while perfectly cooked--was only lukewarm, not hot. We attributed this lapse to the stresses placed on the kitchen by the banquet. The waiter offered to take it back several times, but my husband decided to eat it as it was (it was delicious even lukewarm). In the end, the restaurant deducted the cost from our bill. I'm dairy intolerant, so had the sorbet for dessert. My husband had the zabaione freddo --a semifreddo in citrus sauce, which was unusual and delicious. I would have given CinCIn 5 stars for this meal had it not been marred by the wait for the entrees and the temperature of the pork. I believe these were just aberrations due to the two large banquets, and highly recommend the restaurant. Service is always excellent.
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