It was time again for another monthly lunch with two of my foodie friends. I find it to sometimes be difficult seeking out great places that are open for lunch and not just dinner, so we had a hard time picking a new restaurant for this meal out.
One of my friends has been going to Don Francesco Ristorante for years, though, and said that we should still try it, even though it wouldn’t be new to her. She said the food was delicious and had been here for many private birthdays (as they have a great separated area by the bar), and it couldn’t hurt to eat there again.
So a couple days ago, off we went, and for one of the few times in my life, I let someone else order for me. Okay, so this isn’t true if I’m trying some totally new cuisine or type of place where I’ll ask for recommendations, but when it’s something I’ve had before (Italian food), it’s not really the norm.
Anyway, my other friend saw Lobster Bisque on the menu, and she really wanted to start with that, so we all ordered, and then settled in for some conversation and catching up in the high-end restaurant, over glasses of water (it was the middle of the workday and our meal would likely already make us sleepy on its own). I don’t have too many details on this soup, except that it tasted ‘good‘ and the pieces of fresh lobster looked delicious – I’ll leave you a picture…’
After this, our mains all came, and the three of us chose to mix and match pastas a bit. We got two different half orders – I had the Spaghetti Carbonara a la Romana (smoked pancetta, eggs, cream, parmesan cheese and black pepper), and the Squash Agnolotti. I’m not huge on creamy pasta sauces, but the carbonara one was really tasty – it just got a bit difficult to keep on forking down once I started to get even slightly full (which didn’t take me very long at all)!
As for the Squash Agnolotti, I definitely enjoyed this more of the two. The truffle puree gave the white wine and tomato sauce a slight sweetness that I always love, and the squash dumplings were quite a bit larger than I expected. This dish was really flavourful, and I would order it again.
One last dish that our girlfriend ordered was the Linguine Alle Vongole con Salsa Bianca (blanched baby clams, pan sautéed with garlic, onion, parsley, white wine, fish fumet and beurre manie) – again, I didn’t try it, but I’ll leave you with a final picture. 🙂
After this meal, I knew that I would not be able to have a very productive afternoon. Too much pasta with cream sauces and it’s nap time for me!
Overall, Don Franscesco had a great fine dining atmosphere, and the service was great (was almost even a bit overwhelming when we had two people at our table at once – one for parmesan and one for fresh ground pepper). However, I only tasted the pasta and I’m usually more inclined to eat other types of Italian food, so I’m not sure it would live up to my other current favourites (Lupo and La Terrazza).