Times visited: 1
Price for 2: $120 (1 appetizer, 2 entrees, 1 dessert, wine)
Other: You may need reservations
Enoteca Sociale lives up to its name: a social wine bar with a great atmosphere. It also has awesome food.
Since it was our first visit, we decided to cover some ground with appetizers, mains, desserts, and wine pairings. I love that they have a “taster” size wine glass- perfect for my wallet and to ensure that I can still be enjoying the food after several courses!
Our waiter was helpful, down-to-earth, and attentive. It was refreshing to have a knowledgeable professional with no stuffiness or awkwardness! He “translated” the menu for us with ease and graciousness (I had trouble interpreting some of the dishes- I am apparently not well-versed enough in my Italian pastas, cheeses, and various permutations of pork).
We started off with an excellent take on a ceasar salad- grilled romaine lettuce with a yogourt dressing, tart/sweet grape quarters, pine nuts, shaved parmesan and crispy croutons. The textures and flavours came together so nicely, and it was a good pairing with a dry white (Frascati Superio). I am still dreaming about this dish.
My dining companion loved his Trecce pasta (trecce means “braid”- the pasta is a kind of like a less twirly version of a fusilli or rotini) with artichokes, sausage, and taleggio cheese (personally, I found the sausage a bit too chewy and the overall dish/wine wasn’t speaking to me).
On the other hand, my gnocchi was absolutely pitch perfect- light and melt in your mouth, with a fresh tomato sauce and melting dollops of soft cheese, complimented perfectly by a full-bodied and fantastic Aglianico de Vulture.
After a meal that was above reproach, we were sadly disappointed by our dessert, the Sticky Toffee Pudding with Cardamom Syrup and Vanilla Bean Ice Cream. The pudding was too dense, the cardamom flavour of the syrup was overpowering, and the ice cream had a slightly freezer-burnt texture. Lucky the espresso was good.
Overall, we had a delightful splurge date night and we are excited to return, perhaps when the menu has changed?