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daves_32 Aug 7, 2007 05:48 AM

I am going to Tosca Ristorante tomorrow for restaurant week and I am really excited. RW provided a chance for a big group of us to visit Tosca but some of us may order off RW and some may not. Anyways, are there any reviews from last night's service? Did it appear that they ran short on anything? My reservations aren't until 8:30. Tell me all about it. also, there is a salad that looks amazing and i was wondering if anyone knew if someone could order a salad, pasta, and entree (no dessert). let me know!
thanks

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    amyeamye Aug 7, 2007 06:15 AM

    You can order pasta as a first course or a main course. I haven't eaten there yet, but I'm going tonight, so I'll let you know tomorrow!

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      LaceyB522 Aug 7, 2007 10:25 AM

      I ate there last night and it was very good. I was really looking forward to the veal ravioli, but they didn't have it. That was the only real dissapointment of the night.

      I started with the fried zuchinni blossoms stuffed w/ crab meat - very good...mostly because fried food is good, though. Haha!
      The other diners at my table had the heirloom tomato salad, delish! Nothing out of the ordinary and I plan to emulate it at home, but very tasty. The big hit for apps in my opinion was the buckwheat polenta w/ veal cheek. The cheek was so tender and flavorful, if I had it to do all over again I would order that!

      For my main course I had the swordfish putenesca style. It was quite tasty and cooked nicely. I also tasted the risotto w/ scallops - very rich, but VERY good.

      For dessert I had the watermelon granita. Very refreshing. It had so much flavor, it was a nice surprise. I also tasted the dessert special - chocolate cake. It was decadant! It was crispy on the outside and soft on the inside, it also did that fun runny thing - kind of like lava cake.

      All in all it was a good experience. The waitstaff was friendly and helpful. I didn't think we were treated any differently simply because it was RW.

      I'm going to Poste, tonight. Any thoughts?

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        Elyssa Aug 7, 2007 10:39 AM

        It's all about the truffle fries Lacey! Even if its not being offered for RW just get them for the table. Best fries in DC!!! Make sure to report back on that one as well. If they have a reservation available for this weekend I might try to squeeze in. Not sure if they have posted their menu or not but I've been wanting to try Poste for dinner for awhile. I've only had lunch/brunch there. (But I tried the fries!)

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          LaceyB522 Aug 7, 2007 10:43 AM

          We go there quite often for happy hour and the truffle frites are a staple! I want them tonight, but I feel like I should step outside the box. Haha! This will be my first time eating a meal, so I'm really looking forward to it.

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            LaceyB522 Aug 8, 2007 08:08 AM

            Elyssa - Poste was good for RW. It was good enough it made me want to come back outside of RW. There just so many things on the regular menu I wanted to try that didn't appear on the RW menu.
            To start - I had the heirloom tomato gazpatcho (sp?) with dijon mustard ice cream - this was really good and unique. I've had gazpatcho, but the savory ice cream was new for me.
            I had the organic pan seared duck for an entree. It was also good - crispy on the outside and juicy on the inside - just what you would want.
            For dessert I had the Pot de Creme. This was so tasty! It had the consistancy of a mousse, but was made w/ espresso, mocha and chili. Very yummy!
            My date had the same thing - except dessert. He ordered the s'mores. They were very good and fun!
            You should check it out!

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              Elyssa Aug 8, 2007 08:13 AM

              Smores!?!?! There are Smores!?!?! Oh I'm soooo sold!

              Btw...do you think Poste is a place one can dine on their own? I will probably be going alone and I forget if they have a bar where you can eat at. Thanks Lacey!

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                Elyssa Aug 8, 2007 08:15 AM

                Btw did they offer their full menu? I couldn't find the RW menu online anywhere.

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                  LaceyB522 Aug 8, 2007 08:18 AM

                  They have a bar area inside the restaurant that I'm pretty sure you can eat at. It was pretty packed, so be prepared to wait.

                  They don't offer their full menu. It's is actually pretty limited - which is why I want to go back. There were three options for each course. If you're a vegetarian I would reccomend it, bc they did offer a cheese ravioli dish that sounded quite good.

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                    Elyssa Aug 8, 2007 08:19 AM

                    Actually if there are only 3 choices chances are I would go with the duck. lol Not a vegetarian at all.

                    Well maybe I'll give it a shot. I'll let you know.

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                      daves_32 Aug 8, 2007 08:21 AM

                      i am still waiting on amyeamye's review of Tosca last night. They ran out of the veal ravioli on Monday night and i want to see if they had more last night.

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                        amyeamye Aug 8, 2007 09:06 AM

                        Hi Dave! As far as I can remember they had veal ravioli available last night. I ate at 6, so I don't know if they ran out of anything later, but everything was available when I was there. And it was delicious! I had the heirloom tomato salad, the med. sea bass, and the chilled peach soup, and they were all note-perfect. The service was great (my food came out with little space between courses, but I think that was the kitchen trying to stay on top of things, and not them trying to rush me out). Have a great time, and let us know how your experience was!

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                      alli1221 Aug 8, 2007 09:15 AM

                      I've decided that RW is not worth it for vegetarians. My fellow veggie bf and I went to Tosca on Monday night and while the food was good it was not worth the final $85 bill. For the first course, I had the "salad of radicchio and Bartlett pears, with imported Gorgonzola cheese terrine and toasted walnuts" and my bf had the "sea bass tartar marinated with fresh mint, olive oil, and lemon juice with a cucumber Gazpacho." I did not find anything brilliant about my salad and I definitely could not imagine paying the normal $16 for it--I would have been furious. As for the sea bass tartar, my bf commented that he had a similar dish at DC Coast last week that was much better and much more worthy of the price.

                      For the main course, both the bf had the "Crown shaped tortelli filled with sheep ricotta and fresh marjoram on top of a spinach and extra virgin olive oil sauce." This really was the only true veggie dish on the menu besides the plain spaghetti in tomoto sauce. The tortelli were good but not worth the normal $21. Pasta is cheap, no matter how it's prepared!

                      For dessert, I had the "Chilled white peach soup with a carrot walnut cake, honey and crumbled pistachios," and my bf had the tiramisu. I have no idea what I was thinking when I ordered mine-- it was a very strange combination. I guess the carrot walnut muffin was OK, but not anything I would want for dessert. The tiramisu was mediocre, at best. It was weirdly warm and their was little texture to the pastry. I've definitely had better. BTW, on Monday night they ran out of the chocolate and nutella mousse dessert.

                      After dinner we decided that Tosca might be worth it's buck during restaurant week for the meat dishes, but overall that Filomena's in Georgetown is the best Italian in the area.

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