I have only posted a couple times but I read this board all the time. I have found many wonderful places thanks to all of you. I need help with something though. We have decided to try Trattoria Toscana (finally) and I was wondering if there is a link to a menu for the place. I have googled and found 2 different menus. Also, what are the must haves? We are really looking forward to trying this place out. Thank you.
We ended up eating at TT on Monday night after attempting to go to Grotto on the spur of the moment without reservations and being turned away because of Restaurant Week. As usual, we really enjoyed our meal. I had rucula salad, which was really light and fresh, and pappardelle with porcini and sausage ragu. It was really wonderful. My husband had ravioli with sausage and broccoli rabe, and sirloin with gorgonzola sauce, and he was quite happy. Next time, I'd probably not order both the pappardelle and the ravioli at the same meal, since the sauces were quite similar and we like to share, but all of the dishes were really nice. For dessert, we shared a simple but pleasant scoop of chocolate gelato with a shot of espresso on top. We also had a full carafe of decent house chianti for $26.
In the past, I've enjoyed the gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce, mushroom risotto, and grilled swordfish, but I know that the mushroom risotto is only on the winter menu. There is a risotto with seasonal vegetables on the current menu that is probably worth a try if you're in the mood, given how wonderful the mushroom risotto is.
Have a great time! It's a simple, warm place, and great to be on a summer night.
Ah, one of my favorite restaurants in town at any price!
TT has no website, and the online menus at menupages, menupix, and allpages are old but still reasonably representative. I like pretty much everything there; it's very true to the spirit of Tuscan cuisine as I understand it, built on EVOO, legumes, unsalted coarse white bread, high-quality salumi, offal, and simply-roasted meats. For a Tuscan-trained chef, Kociaj does extraordinary pasta sauces.
I think the soups are really good (had a crazy-good pappa al pomodoro recently, which I ate with a fork), and the crostini are simple and terrific (like the chicken-liver one). I always at least try to split a pasta, like the buongustaio, norcina, carettiere, or merluzzo. The antipasto plate is simple and very fine, as is the Tuscan-style stewed tripe (if you like that sort of thing, which I do). Tough to go wrong!
I used to order the house red and white by the carafe, but they're not the bargain they used to be, so I order wine by the bottle now. Desserts are decent but not extraordinary.