We enjoyed our light meal last evening at Laci's. The historic house has been converted into a comfortable, and a little funky, place to dine. Both the owners and the staff went out of their way to make everyone welcome and ensure a pleasant experience. Amy, our server, was very professional, yet personable. There is an extensive wine list with many very good choices, and several microbrews on tap. The tapas were Spanish-inspired, but international in scope with Japanese Negamaki and All-American sliders present. We thought the food we had was good, but missed the mark in its description and execution just a bit. With an item such as Avocado Bruschetta we expected the avocado to be front-and-center as we have had elsewhere, but it was relegated to (apparently) a very minor role pureed somewhere in the diced tomato topping. The Mediterranean Flatbread was perfectly executed with a nice fresh Spanish flavor. The Boneless Shortribs were tasty but seemed overdone with the meat dry, the vegies hard and black and the gnocchi brown with some being crunchy. We were hoping for moist, succulent meat and pillowey gnocchi with just a bit of pan-sear. Finally the Shrimp and Grits were very tasty, with the small shrimp not overcooked. But the base seemed more like a fine polenta instead of the coarser texture of grits. Had it been described as Shrimp and Polenta it would have been more accurate, and more Mediterranean. This place has real potential so we will be back the next time we are in Syracuse.
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