Has anyone tried Il Sorriso on College, where Sintra used to be located
I went to Sorriso's (588 College St.) last week and walked out with a frown on my face. The menu primarily consists of tapas style dishes that range from $7 to $14. The portions are very small and you will need to order at least 8 or 9 dishes unless you want to fill up on bread. Be careful with the wine as they will bring the wrong bottle (in our case it was $15 more than the one we ordered). Avoid the rapini and mussels as they are both EXTREMELY SPICY. I like hot food and I thought they were too hot. My wife couldn't eat them. Also the fried zucchini flowers were not available as they were out of season.
I haven't officially tried the restaurant yet, but I tried the zucchini blossoms and stuffed figs that they were selling as part of this weekend's street festival. They were beautifully presented and mind-blowingly good. The blossoms were stuffed with mozzarella and maybe ricotta cheese and an anchovy fillet, then battered and deep fried -- crispy, salty, creamy goodness. The figs were stuffed with cheese (couldn't figure out which type) then wrapped in prosciutto and fried; they were served drizzled with a balsamic reduction on a bed of baby arugula -- totally classy and delicious.
Based on that I can't wait to try the restaurant for real, hopfully next week...
As a matter of fact, I have!
We had the stuffed, fried zucchini blossoms - the best dish by far, and some other things I can't say were overly memorable, but not bad either. The one ick of the night came from a bacala (?) - which was made from salt cod and was inedibley salty. The owner was a mench and removed that from the bill and recommended crab risotto (it was VERY good) as a sub. When we checked our bill the risotto was on the house!
So I will go back, because even though they're working out the hiccups with the food, they understand the importance of great customer service.
Edited to add: I think the night we went was the opening week - possibly the opening night.