We first went to Alleia on my birthday back in November. What brought us back were the bacon-wrapped dates. So on our so-called ‘date night’ we went back to a new favorite, Chattanooga’s own, Alleia.
The bacon-wrapped dates were even better than remembered. They were so soft and warm with balsamic dripped tenderly on top of them, they veritably melted in our mouths.
We also had the talleggio and black truffle flatbread. The bread was nice and charred from the wood-fired oven and the taste of truffle was as unusual and satisfying as ever: melty with just the right piquant of the woodsy mushrooms.
I struggled to find exactly where to settle on the menu. Did I want the gnocci? Did I want the quail? Primi or secondi, or both – I just couldn’t decide! So many great-sounding choices, it was hard to nail it down to just una. Finally, and on the spur of the moment, I picked something from the specials menu purely to be adventurous. Shell-shaped pasta - I still can’t pronounce the Italian name for it although the waiter very nicely tried to teach me twice – with corn and peaches and cream and just-salty-enough prosciutto. Wow, what a sensory overload! I was so very pleased with my choice that it was hard for me to try my husband’s beef dish…but I did.
The wine, a Rossa di Montalcino, made us reminiscent of our past venture through Tuscany and made us wish we could go back in time and add the small wine-drenched town to our list of stops. The wine was lightweight, spicy with just a hint of citrus and paired perfectly with the dishes we selected.
So, whether Chattanooga is on your list of stops or if it’s just in your backyard, as it is with us, I highly recommend Alleia. A menu of hard-to-choose-from selections and a top-quality wine list to boot, at Alleia you too can either reminisce ab
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