Dinner for 30: Salvatore’s.
Always hard to evaluate a restaurant when it is a large party experience with a limited, a fixed menu. I think that may be the case here.
The space is very unlike the typical Southern California experience….white table cloth plush comes to mind.
The 4 course meal started with bruschetta with tomato….flavorful, saffron flavored risotto balls….not so much and prosciutto wrapped scallops. The last dish was surprisingly tough…..more like very thick prosciutto…..think a thick cut of tough bacon which distracted from the softness of the scallops.
The second course was a mixed salad with portobello in a balsamic vinaigrette followed by the third course, a very nice spinach and ricotta ravioli.
The fourth course was a rack of lamb which, while very flavorful, was a bit over cooked at a medium temperature rather than, at most, what should have been medium rare.
Dessert was a classic……you guessed it…..tiaramisu which was quite nice.
The red for the night was one that is always solid and if you see it on a menu and you want a mid priced wine selection that will be uniformly good this is it: Frescobaldi Nipozzano Chianti Rufina. This vintage was 2012 and, as usual, was very good with moderate tannins.
Service was very good