We were fearful is this our first visit to Laporta's since most of our other visits to restaurants in Old Town Alexandria had not lived up to recommendations and published reviews. We were more than pleasantly surprised when we both had imaginative and well prepared dinners served by an attentive staff in a comfortable setting. The field green salad was generous, tasty and not over dressed; just the right touch. Even better was the bread basket that had an assortment of European style rolls and bread; equal to best we have experienced anywhere in DC area. Things were looking up. There is a nice wine list. For other reasons we could not drink any alcohol that evening. The two main course were a seafood/pasta special and a regular seafood/pasta dish that was on the normal menu. Both were quite different but each was excellent and imaginative. Again, each dish was not oversauced and in both the ingredients fresh and generous. A wonderful dessert sampler for two topped the evening. All in all a very good meal. We will return. Laporta's has live jazz music. Usually I do not like this since musicians tend to play as if they were being paid by the decibel making any conversation impossible. However the jazz was quiet and unobtrusive; altogether rather pleasant. It and other small touches plus the food quality reinforced our decision to return. My 4-star rating is about the best I will deliver. Five stars are only for the "crème de la crème" and very very rare.
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