La Terza for Sunday brunch
An impromptu meeting with a friend about to leave town, found us at an unlikely spot yesterday, La Terza. The hotel setting is probably the main reason they're open for this meal; as well as continental breakfast, lunch, afternoon fare, dinner, late night and 24 hr. room service, 7 days a week! Whew! The room is beautiful and modern with the right accents and we were one of four tables at 1:30pm. The one sided menu card reminded me of Campanile and there's the ever increasingly popular cuttlefish entree as well as a couple of frittatas and panini. My friend had the lamb panini for $16 which was both hearty and flavorful with a small mound of arugula on the side. I had the ricotta and parmesan crepe with walnuts and cherry tomatoes for $13 which was relatively and appropriately tame for my taste at the moment. We finished with the server's recommendation of Nancy's olive oil ice cream and rosemary cake with strawberries in balsamic for $9. Sound scary? It might have been except that it was so good, simple and daring that the whole meal was suddenly kicked up a notch. (The strawberries were asked for by my friend who wanted a little fruit but they paired perfectly with the rest.) Two bottled waters, two lattes, a glass of Italian white for $8, brought the bill to $82 which seemed a lot to us but I can't say that any one item was overpriced. The waters and lattes were $8 and $5 respectively which I guess is in keeping with current inflation. Service was excellent.