I'd not dined at Aida Bistro for a number of years, but my wife and I tried it last night. The restaurant's decor has been renovated, as has the menu. The service was excellent, with a knowledgeable server who explained the specials, fixed price selections, and the nature of the wine list and how it was served. The wine is received from the vintners in kegs with nitrogen gas to reduce oxidation. I didn't note a significant difference between the taste of wine from the tap and that from a bottle, but I'm not an experienced wine taster. I was quite pleased by the selection of wines which included quite a few smaller vintners from the eastern U.S., particularly the high quality wines from Red Tail in upstate NY.
The grilled heart of Romaine lettuce was delicious and an unusual mixture of texture and flavor. The chestnut and lobster bisque was similarly unusual and savory. My wife ordered a delicious pork shanks that was slow cooked, fell off of the bone, yet was moist and flavorful. I ordered homemade thin flat pasta covered with a tarragon cream sauce and a few shrimp and shredded lobster and crab meat. All the dishes were cooked perfectly, with the pasta al dente. Dessert was a flavorful chocolate bread pudding which was spongy and not overly sweet and freshly made cannoli.
The ingredients were clearly fresh and very high quality; the owners are to be applauded for participating in the Farm-2-Table Initiative which supports local producers. Everyone wins--the diners, the restauranteurs, and the producers.
Cost? Two entrees, two bowls of soup, the grilled romaine, three glasses of wine, and two desserts was about $125, not including the tip. This was quite reasonable considering the high quality of the food, the wine, the service and the decor. We're not wealthy, so we'll probably save this for special occasions, which hopefully will occur frequently.
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