My wife and I had dinner at Landini brothers with friends who live in Alexandria and recommended the restaurant highly. Our friends said that we need not order off the menu but rather could order whatever we wanted, within reason of course this being an Italian restaurant. So I decided to put the restaurant to a test. 54 years ago I had first eaten Saltinbocca ala Romana at a small restaurant near the Piazza du Populo in Rome. The dish was terrific and remains my favorite veal dish, for me the gold standard of Roman style Italian cuisine. So I asked if they could make Saltinbocca. They said they could. When the dish arrived it did not look like any Saltinbocca I had ever been presented with - not a rolled cutlet filled with Prosciutto and sage, but chopped meat over tortolini. But when I dug in I discovered that the dish consisted of all the essential elements of authentic Saltinbocca, and the savors blended perfectly. Saltinbocca as a pasta sauce! A marvelous idea. And even though the dish contained generous amounts of veal and had been ordered off menu, they charged for it as a pasta dish, only 2/3 the price of a veal dish. The others in my party all had veal dishes off the menu and rated them excellent. Wine list was extensive with many wines a reasonable prices. We had a delicious Sangiovese for $27. Authentic Italian food at a fair price. Good ambiance, only complaint is that the noise level is high.
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