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Sorellina review

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  • john May 13, 2008 06:29 PM
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I am a NY Hound spending a lot of time in Boston recently. We had a special occasion to celebrate and after some careful research on this board, I decided on Sorellina - and was not disappointed.

When we arrived for our 9.30 reservation the restaurant was surprisingly still full. The host said it would be 5 minutes for our table despite a bunch of two-tops visibly available. I didn't feel like arguing over 5 minutes, but before we could even get to the bar he came and told us the table was ready. Slightly annoying and amateurish, but not a big deal.

Our server was very nice and had a good attitude, but was definitely green. When we asked him how best to navigate the menu (split between appetizers, pasta, mains, and sides) he basically said just get some of each. We decided to go with a strategy similar to the one we use at Babbo in NY where we split one app, 2 pastas, and one main.

We started with the tuna tartar, which was actually quite remarkable given how common that dish has become. It was served cold (but not to the point where you could not taste the fish) with a great spice mustard and a seasoned chip that had the perfect amount of salt to compliment the fish. They split all the dishes for us and the half portion was bigger than you may get at most places in NY.

We moved on to the Kobe meatball and the ravioli. Normally I am skeptical of anything that is chopped Kobe because it seems like a gimmick given the marbling becomes irrelevant. The meatball was fine - it was overly dense and I dont think the Kobiness added much. It was a very flavorful dish, but probably the least interesting think we tried. The ravioli on the other hand was fantastic. You could taste the freshness of the pea filling and the pasta had good flavor. The sauce was not as buttery as the one on the kobe and was overall better balanced.

We split the monkfish main which was cooked well and had a very traditional mediteranean preparation with roasted tomatoes. We also heard the truffle fries were not to be missed and when hot, they were completely addictive. The only problem was that they literally serve you a mountain of them and charge $12. Not sure I would order them again, but they are worth trying especially if you have a larger table - it could easily feed 4-6 people. We also had the eggplant side which was a pretty traditional baked eggplant with mozzarella and tomato sauce. It went well with the fish.

I feel like I just got fatter writing this - it seems like so much more food now when I write it down. Oh, we also had a key lime and meyer lemon desert that was a refreshing way to finish a great meal.

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  1. Nicely detailed review, john (how'd you score that Chowhound handle?), glad you had a good time. I like this place, think it's possible to soften the blow of the somewhat-too-high prices with careful ordering. The best time I've had here recently is with a big group sitting around one of the low tables adjacent to the bar, sharing a lot of small plates. Cocktail craft is pretty solid, if not quite in the town's top tier. Sounds like you did very nicely.