Ad Hoc has been on the top list of reviewers for sometime. It is indeed a nice and cosy restaurant designed around a wine cellar plentiful of a fine collection of wines available at reasonable prices. Welcome is warm and service is attentive. The menu itself is interesting and innovative. Yet there is something missing: it would seem that the chef has lost the key to the spice cabinet and access the herb garden. As a consequence the food, artfully presented, is rather bland and lacks in flavor and aromas (except, of course, for anything that contains truffle...).
As a single example, the pesce crudo antipasto has a uniform taste when one would have expected a bit of fresh coriander here, a drop of balsamico there or anything that enhances, in a subtle manner, raw bone or shell fish. Olive oil, whatever its quality, and lemon juice are not a universal support for all carpaccios...The same comments apply to every dish we selected: well cooked and presented but just missing this dosage of added ingredients that would have made them memorable. But do try a bottle of Cervaro della Sala, one of the finest white chardonnay from Umbria: what the food is missing you will find in the fabulous taste of this exceptional wine.
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