|See? It's on the way to the Market Theater.|
Our 6:00 reservation put us relatively ahead of the dinner crowd, so it was not too surprising that our server, whose name I really regret not getting, was so attentive and welcoming. However, his warmth and hospitality extended throughout the meal, even after the dining room filled.
|Negroni - very good!|
The day's specials included a risotto with fresh corn and goat cheese, and king salmon flown in from Alaska just that morning. The server indicated that the risotto was an excellent dish to share as a starter, so we decided on that and the Penn Cove mussels. We had a mussel-averse diner with us, so the kitchen kindly agreed to do a combination of mussels and clams for us. In the end, we all agreed that the perfectly prepared fresh mussels stood out over the clams, and they all accompanied the creamy early summer risotto superbly.
|Even the butter was beautiful.|
For dessert, we opted for a huckleberry panna cotta and... what the heck is that other thing in the picture? Looks like cheesecake. By now, the negroni and wine have gone to my head and I don't remember what it is that we ordered, but it looks good, no?
We were so excited about Il Bistro that Scott and I went back soon after for happy hour (daily, from 5:00 - 6:30), where we enjoyed a wide variety of small plates for a song, along with yet more wine and negronis. We will certainly be back for more. Mangia!