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Cafe Ponte

Bayareafoodiei Sep 1, 2009 04:50 PM

I have reservations there for Saturday, any comments. Any must haves to try?

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    juli5122 RE: Bayareafoodiei Sep 1, 2009 05:01 PM

    I always get my foie gras fix at Cafe Ponte the preparations vary but always good. The calamari is addictive. Enjoy!

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      joan RE: juli5122 Sep 3, 2009 07:34 AM

      The first time I ever had foie gras was at Cafe Ponte. I have a new LOVE! I have tried it elsewhere since then, but nothing compares. Ooooh!!!

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      RibDog RE: Bayareafoodiei Sep 1, 2009 07:53 PM

      I love their mushroom soup in addition to the calamari. But then, I don't think has ever really disappointed me there.

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        andy huse RE: Bayareafoodiei Sep 1, 2009 09:19 PM

        i don't think you can go wrong. enjoy!

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          queencru RE: Bayareafoodiei Sep 3, 2009 08:19 AM

          On a slightly unrelated note, anyone know when Peel is opening and where it is? I'm having trouble finding any definite information. First I thought it was supposed to open this month, but I haven't seen anything remotely possible in the areas where it's supposed to be (Linebaugh/Dale Mabry or Lowry Park area).

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            tampa eater RE: Bayareafoodiei Sep 3, 2009 01:16 PM

            The steak au poivre was excellent AND huge! The sauce was so melt in your mouth!

            1. njfreqflyer RE: Bayareafoodiei Jan 26, 2010 06:25 PM

              I returned to Café Ponte for dinner this past weekend after a first and only visit several years ago. Late to make reservations for a Saturday night, my dining partner and I ended up in a booth in the bar/lounge. Because of my extensive business travel, I’m a frequent diner at restaurant bars and usually have no hesitation to eat there. However, at Café Ponte - at least on a Saturday night when there’s live piano music - I’d recommend staying in the dining room. The combination of the piano and the bar blender made the area a bit too noisy for me. Service was adequate, but not notable. The food, however, was definitely enjoyable.

              We started with a dinner order of the butternut squash ravioli (with goat cheese, sage, ginger, mascarpone, hazelnut brown butter sauce) that we split as an appetizer. This was great and a fine way to start the meal. The squash, pasta, cheeses, and butter sauce all came together very nicely. This would have been a pretty rich dish for one person to have as their main course, but split for the two of us was very satisfying.

              I had the diver scallops (with a short rib sauce, creamy corn polenta, sautéed morel mushrooms and asparagus in a caramelized shallot sauce) which were perfectly cooked – tender, moist, and delicious. Although by mid-meal the mixture of the polenta and sauces started to blend together, losing some of their individual differentiation, the flavors were all well developed.

              My dining partner chose the wild salmon (with shrimp-edamame succotash, shitake mushrooms, lobster corn sauce and prosciutto dust), which was a fairly large serving. Although she ordered the fish done medium, in retrospect she probably should have ordered it medium rare or rare, since medium came out a touch dry. She especially enjoyed the succotash and the few sprigs of sprouts on the side of the dish. The prosciutto dust on the top of the filet added just a hint of flavor and worked well with the salmon.

              We each had a glass of wine, and the bill came to $98 (with tax, but not tip). If I spent more time in the area, I’m sure I’d be dining at Café Ponte frequently.


              Cafe Ponte
              13505 Icot Blvd. Suite 214, Clearwater, FL 33760

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