The wine list often provides insight into the philosophy and attention to detail of a restaurant. Dining with friends recently, my husband ended up with the wine list. The list was both creative and extensive in its variety of Italian wines. My husband felt comfortable asking our waiter if he could recommend any additional Southern Italian wines with grapes grown in the volcanic regions of Sicily or Basilicata, other than the Primitivo on the list. The waiter said, "let me check with Lisa. " Then he returned and said "she knows exactly what you want" and then he proceeded to recommend three different wines. My husband selected a wine from Sardinia, a place we have never been visited. It was perfect. For the Primi course, try the Beef Carpaccio. It was very good. As a main course, I had the Spaghetti with clams. The generous portion was flavorful. My husband had Osso Bucco served on a bed of Risotto Milanese, not the traditional preparation from Emilia-Romagna, but never the less very good. Dolce was a cannoli, a bit over sweetened to appeal to the American palate. Now I can better understand the scene from Godfather One when after taking care of business in the New Jersey Meadowlands, Peter Clamenza said, "leave the gun, take the cannoli." A good cannoli is hard to find.
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