We travel to Pendleton quite a bit and, if our stay is long, sometimes the dining experiences just run together. What a wonderful surprise to fall into Cimmiyotti's. You can't miss the red velvet walls, big bar and wonderful western art as soon as you open the door. The hostesses (and they do seem to be all women) are knowledgeable, funny and prompt.
Play cards or cribbage while you wait (although there really isn't enough time before dinner).
The menu contains nice surprises, such as a rich Osso Bucco, steak Oscar, Italian favorites and more. While my oh-so-tender Osso was rocking with Pendleton Whisky sauce (smells and tastes divine with root beer, coffee and bbq overtones), the star of the meal almost was the sun-dried tomato-Florentine soup, which I had to stop slurping down so I could sample the rest of my meal. It was more than a cup, full of chunky goodness, not too sweet (my pet peeve and well played by Sarah, our server) and could have been a meal on its own.
The drinks were well poured, but not overly generous. The bread and nibblings beforehand were tasty. I must go back for some of their unique appetizers, such as avocado sticks.
Three more nights in town, this trip. I know we'll be back at least once. I'm just hoping the two flights of hotel stairs I'm climbing myriad times a day helps to offset the lust with which I consumed this meal.
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