Medford, Oregon is not normally known as a gastronomic destination, and I must admit that in the past I usually headed to Ashland when I was in the area. However, this is the third time I have eaten at Pomodori and it gets better each time.
A meal like this would cost twice as much in my hometown of Los Angeles. The quality is superb and the variety of menu options is wonderful. This was a business trip and I went solo, but was treated like visiting royalty. I was pleased with the variety of wines by the glass, but shared my pet peeve with the server, i.e. uncorked bottles that are still being served days and days after being opened. The server sensed that I am a wine aficionado and, after determining the type of wine I preferred this evening, she brought 3 sample pours to the table, one of which was a hit. That was unexpected and a real plus.
This restaurant serves a complimentary soup or salad as part of the main course. The quality of my salad was outstanding, and the Gorgonzola dressing was redolent with tasty morsels rather than the usual watered down variety. The bread was wonderful and must surely be made by a local artisan bakery (I forgot to ask about that). I asked the server about the various steaks and she noted that the aged rib eyes were highly popular - after asking if I liked capers and balsamic flavors (I do), she recommended the Tagliata (a hand cut rib eye with fried garlic and capers, along with a balsamic reduction). It was cooked to perfection and the flavor was reminiscent of a chimichurri. It was an inspired entree offering. The asparagus was crisp and the ramekin of mac and cheese was a tasty retro touch.
The dessert was the only disappointment. I succumbed to a peanut butter/chocolate cheesecake and it was dry. I've had desserts here before and they were fabulous. As for decor, there's a darker room for more intimate dining, and a less dark dining area in the front of the restaurant and at the bar area. One improvement they could make would be an upgrade to the tacky vinyl table cloths - nothing wrong with vinyl, but the design does nothing to enhance the dining experience.
Medford folk seem to eat very early as I've learned from previous visits to Pomodori - a word to the wise: the place might be ready to close by 9 (or before), even on weekends. For the quality and price (my check for everything was $35!), I'll be back again and again whenever my business brings me to the Medford area.