I've ventured into town for high-dollar, much talked-about Italian restaurants that don't measure up to the authenticity of the meals I've had at Da Vinci. The warm, cozy atmosphere makes for an intimate dinner, and you can actually carry on a conversation. I've dined there several times, usually with friends or my fiancé, but there's typically a family or two with small children, but that has never has bothered the diners I'm with.
Da Vinci only serves dinner, beginning at 5pm. I recommend making a reservation, although Sun-Thurs you can usually be seated, due to it's size, the dining room fills up quickly. So, reservations on Fri & Sat are a must.
I've never had a bad meal here; I always order from the blackboard. The waitstaff impressively recite the special (and it's a long list!) appetizers and entrees. They start you off with a complimentary crostini, served with the most deliciously whipped salmon mousse and a mouth-watering olive tapenade. These spreads are so delicious, that my fiancé, who likes neither salmon nor olives requested more! Unless I'm sharing with someone, I'll pass on the appetizer, just because the meals are plentiful. However, worth mentioning is the prosciutto-wrapped asparagus (asparagi di formaggio) which is paired with creamy goat cheese and served on a small bed of greens. My favorite entree is the braised lamb shank, served on a bed of velvety wild mushroom risotto. Another favorite is the red fish alla sarda, baked with olives and capers, topped with lump crab meat. I know I haven't even mentioned a pasta dish, but I'm about to! The pappardelle aragosta almost has more shellfish than noodles! The lumps of crab meat, lobster claws and shrimp are paired, oh so nicely, with a sherry cream sauce. If that doesn't have you drooling, then let me mention some desserts.
The Italian cream cake is a dense rich cake that was shared by three of us. My favorite is always the spumoni ice cream; it's just yummy! On a lighter side is the raspberry champagne sorbet. Be assured, there's nothing simple about the desserts. Thery are all plated up in the most decorative and festive way, complete with a sparkler for special occasions!
Oh...and the pricing is more than reasonable. That delicious pasta dish I previously mentioned, costs less than $30. My favorite lamb shank, less than $20. I almost forgot, the house Cabernet, at only $7 is incredibly delicious.
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