I would be stunned if "Italian restaurant" was the first thing that popped into your head when someone said Iowa City to you. But our experience at Baroncini will make me do that in the future. It is a tiny storefront establishment, but don't let the size or location fool you - the food is outstanding.
The chef (after whom the restaurant is named) is well-credentialed. His work is exemplary. I had the filetto di manzo con salsa al amarone e mele and the meat was cooked to perfection. It was also a good-sized portion. My companions' meals were equally rewarding. The desserts were great. Not many Italian restaurants serve affogato to begin with and this particular version was excellent. In addition to a very nice wine list there were also Italian beers (Collesi Fiat Lux Ambrata was one) that I have never seen in any other Italian restaurant.
I liked this place so much, I am going back tomorrow night! When in Iowa City, make this a stop on your itinerary.
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