Update on Locanda Ottoemezzo
We arrived at this hidden restaurant at 7 p.m. precisely when it opened. We knew we didn't have a dinner reservation and wanted to make sure that we were able to get in. The host promptly walked us down the stairs to a dark, club-like dining room and seated us in a back corner with barely any lights. In light of the fact that it was still light out when we walked downstairs, it felt a little early for the club music, but whatever.
We were promptly served with some delicious homemade focaccio and their house produced olive oil, which had a wonderful grassy quality to it. We had a couple of starters. Hubby had the beef carpaccio and I had the smoked duck carpaccio. The duck had a wonderful smokiness to it with honey, pomegranates and pine nuts. It had this amazing crunchy, earthy, and sweetness to it all at the same time. Awesome! Hubby's beef carpaccio was good, but not as delicious as mine.
We shared 2 pastas, which they freshly make in-house everyday. We had the black squid ink pasta with scallops, tomatoes, and shrimp. They were a little stingy with the scallops and they were the small ones. The pasta was done perfectly. We also ordered the pappardelle with veal ragout. It was initially delicious, but was very one note in terms of the taste. Again, the pasta was awesome.
Will we return? Maybe. It cost us 112 pounds, which is no bargain. We ordered a 2005 Italian wine at 39 pounds and the gratuity was included.