Saturday, November 27, 2010

11/26/10-Leon's, New Haven, CT

Tom mentions that he's in the mood for Italian--finally, not Thai! After hearing many mixed reviews about this New Haven Italian restaurant, I wasn't quite sure what to expect but I was ready to give it a whirl.

We were promptly seated in the back of the restaurant where large glass windows give you a great view of New Haven's harbor area--they also have seating outside, which has got to be lovely in the summer. Our waiter greeted us, brought us our beverages and a basket of fresh bread--crusty on the outside, soft on the inside. Tom and I shared the fried calamari for an appetizer--lightly fried, big pieces, nice portion size and accompanied by a spicy eugene sauce. Our entrees were not far behind--I ordered one of the specials, Penne Bolognese--the sauce was described as "bangin" bolognese with italian sausage and a dollop of ricotta. This was a great bolognese sauce, very nicely presented with the ricotta giving each bite a cooling sensation and it was such a nice portion, I enjoyed the other half as leftovers the next day. Although my dish was great, Tom's dish was the clear winner--Veal Chops, served with roasted potatoes, broccoli rabe and a delicious sauce that had hints of balsamic vinegar, horseradish and mustard. The two chops had an absolutely beautiful presentation on the plate and were perfectly cooked, with the sauce being unique and complimentary at the same time.

Too stuffed for dessert, we threw in the towel after our entrees. This atmospheric restaurant was classy and comfortable at the same time, service was prompt and delightful and the food was excellent with no complaints from either of us. I would be more than happy to return to celebrate any of life's occasions.

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