We ran the gamut from a very interesting dish and one that was traditional comfort food to duck breast that was almost too tough to eat. I'm giving it a rating of 4 because the highs were really nice and the service was great, although 3.5 would be more accurate. While most of the dishes we tried were tapas sized, some, like the Casarecce, were really filling.
Our favorite dishes were the exceptional house burrata with pickled Jimmy Nardello peppers and a pine nut romesco and a more traditional Casarecce with house made sausage that was comforting and filling. These dishes typified L'oca D'oro at its best, composing several strong flavors and textures into a wonderful whole. The lasagna Bolognese did the same by inserting the strong presence of preserved lemon that enhanced the rest of the dish without any competition. I'd also recommend the ricotta gnocchi pomodoro; its flavors were traditional, but the texture of the gnocchi with a soft outside and a very cheesy inside simply made the dish fun to eat. I also recommend the grilled zucchini without reservation. I can't adequately describe the construction of this architectural dish, but the interest of it is equal to the flavors. The speckled sea trout crudo was the prettiest dish, and the trout and its accompaniments was wonderflul. The roasted carrots with pistachio honey butter were tasty, but the carrot flavor did not shine through. We got this dish because a previous dish here had the flavor of the most marvelous carrots in the world. These carrots came from the same farm, but they were overwhelmed by the other flavors in the dish. And then we come to the duck breast. The breast looked perfectly cooked, but it was way past tough. The fried green tomatoes were OK, but I've had many that were as good or better, so they certainly didn't make up for the bad duck. I mentioned the tough duck to the owner, and he said this was unusual, but I don't know if this was the case.
We will come back; the good points far outweighed the bad. The tip is included in the base price of the dishes, which I like. The service was excellent. This is definitely a restaurant where you want to go with a group so you get to try as many things as possible. Our dinner for 5 people (only one beer as far as drinks go) came to a little over $200.
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