The 'Princess' bought me tickets to see Hamlet at Yale with Paul Giamatti starring as hamlet. (Fantastic) anyway, we decided to eat first and chose Roia which is located next to the Shubert Theater in new Haven. It used to be Hot Tomatoes, which was nice, but went out of business.
The building is real old and beautiful. I'm pretty sure it used to be a bank. They pulled the bar out of the middle of the restaurant where it was when it was Tomatoes. This was nice, because it made room for more tables. We were greeted quickly, and we were sat quickly. The service was excellent. they have a system in which two servers are taking care of you. When one is in the kitchen the other is on the floor.
The restaurant has two floors in this grand building. It can accommodate quite a few people and large parties. There is one room downstairs that it sort of curtained off for a party of up to twelve.
I didn't want to eat too much, because I didn't want to get bloated and sit in a theater for three and a half hours. So I ordered what I thought would be a small appetizer. It was prosciutto with an olive and something tapenade and toast. It was much larger that I expected, and quite delicious. I ordered the steak Frittes for dinner. The steak was cooked perfectly, and it came with fries and a tasty salad. The fries were awesome.
The Princess had some salady type thing for an app and what appeared to me to be another salady type thing for an entree. She devoured both, so I assume it was also delicious (if you're a rabbit). We split a rice pudding for dessert which was very good and quite an interesting texture. She had a wine, I had a diet coke, she had tea, I had a double espresso. It came to $98.00 before tip. They bring the check in a little tin box, very French I guess, what do I know?
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