Bistro Rustico - Fresno
Just a heads up for all you hounds. Varoush - who used to cook at Parma a few years ago (and most recently had a catering company) has moved into the space vacated by Bella Pasta at Palm and Herndon. They are open for lunch and dinner. I stopped by the other day for lunch and had the Rustico burger - two small handmade patties on small kaiser buns with chipolte sauce and onions with "puffed fries." Pretty tasty. A bit on the high side ($12) but the food quality was good, the interior nicely done, and service attentive. I need to go back and try some of the other items.
I would definitly recommend Bistro Rustico!! The food looks and tastes outstanding!! Try the Frutti della Casa, a deep fried mixture of baby calamari, orange and lemon slices, souffle potatoes, and sage served with a lemon-garlic-roasted bell pepper aioli. The phyllo rolls filled with gorgonzola and leeks with a sherry-raison sauce are phenomenal. All the salads are excellent. As does Parma, the pasta and gnocchi are all homemade. They also make their own bread fresh as well (the focaccia will melt in your mouth).
As for entrees I had the Osso Buco and it was cooked to perfection. It came over a saffron risotto which was also delicious. My fiance had the fish of the day which was a New Zealand Blue-nosed Seabass. The presentation was outstanding, it was served over a parsnip puree with spinach and baby beets, and the fish was excellent, very moist and flavorful.
We split a dessert, a homemade marscapone cheescake with serated cherries and an amazing panna cotta on top. Amazing!! Service was wonderful. Very attentive and friendly without being overbearing. They just got thier liquour license so the wine list is fairly small, they are planning to add more to it soon. Atmosphere is cozy, not to formal. A great place to relax and have a three hour dining experience (which we did!!)
Welcome cocktailqueen77 (and your DH) to the Fresburg CH scene. I'm always amazed at how we "locals" become aware of things that have cruised under the radar (e.g. Palomino's for fish tacos and Thaiphoon in the Tower). Latest consensus appears to be forget Star of Siam (personally, didn't give it much of a chance at first look), but do give Sweet Ginger a try, nice folk and they try to please. Had lunch today at Thai Fusion finally, dining as a single went for the Pad Thai (I know!) but in a red curry with shrimp, I was impressed, it came with a choice of salad or soup, went with the latter described as a sweet and sour, so wasn't too hopeful, but had a great broth with a good degree of heat, as did the pad thai, had the feeling I could ask to kick it up a notch (sorry) and could have been close to Nirvana. Anyway, thanks for the input, and keep posting.