Had a wonderful evening at Tosca last Saturday. Arrived at 6:30 and watched the handsome, urbane dining-room quickly fill to capacity by 7:30. Nice menu, not too long, tasting menu offered, great wine list(we enjoyed a Voigner and an Amarone), very good service, fair (though still expensive) prices.
Best pasta was buckwheat ribbon noodles with a boar ragu. Perfectly light pasta with a rich, just-slightly gamey sauce. Worst pasta was a scallop ravioli with a truffle sauce. Hard scallop slices in a hard pasta casing with an almost gritty, tasteless sauce.
Entrees were a beautifully seared rockfish filet over fennel; a wonderful roast partridge with a earthy, flavorful sauce; Veal tenderloin, also cooked to a perfect rosiness; and a rabbit and rabbit sausage dish mired only by a tough wrapping around the loin (couldn't have been a skin, right?...a wrapper of caul fat perhaps?) These last three came with two accompaniments each, one of which was perfectly cooked red chard. The rabbit's second complement was a delicious butternut squash (and goat cheese?) tart.
Deserts included a berry sherbert with fruit, a tiramisu in a large martini glass, a chocolate cake, and I forgot the last.
I think I'm a pretty tough judge when picking up a tab of this size, and Tosca gets my highest marks. I look forward to returning.
Since I work one block away from Tosca, it is a frequent destination for business lunches and splurge-y dinners. I have yet to have a bad meal there, and in fact found a wine on their wine list (during the November restaurant week) that has now become one of my favorites, and one that I have even tracked down to get a case (during the course of which I learned that their mark-up was very reasonable). In case you're interested, the wine was a 1997 Eredi Lodali Barbaresco. Tasted like velvet.