We had the opportunity to visit La Viola again last week (with the somewhat dubious in-laws in tow this time). Some outstanding bread appeared almost immediately...hot, fresh and crispy on the outside, and moist and tender on the inside. SO good!
The hub-unit and I started with this massive bowl of Zuppetta Di Cozze (farm raised mussel in traditional spicy plum tomato sauce) that set us back a whopping $7. They were absolutely divine, and the bread made a great carrier for the leftover tomato sauce.
My better half selected the Vitello Alla Viola (veal medallions with fresh mushrooms garlic and prosciutto in a rich veal sauce). Priced at $15, it was deemed "sublime".
The menu was enough to inspire Dad to temporarily toss his heart-healthy ways out the window, and settle on the Vitello Pomodoro (breaded veal cutlet with fresh mozzarella and plum tomatoes in a rich tomato sauce) also $15. He didn't share with anyone, but his licked-clean plate at the end of the meal told me all I needed to know.
His wife, Carole (the "picky eater" in our group) decided hesitantly to try the $13 Farfalle Marinara (bow tie pasta with shrimp in pomodoro sauce). She could not stop raving about how delicious it was, or about the size of the shrimp.
Last but not least, the Girl Who Never Orders Pasta did so, yet again. My Linguini Pizzaiola (linguini pasta with veal, olives and capers in a spicy marinara sauce) was one of the most delicious pasta dishes I have ever eaten...loaded with tender ground veal, large green olive slices and capers...oh, and that sauce! *swoon*.
Undeterred by our tightening waistbands, we rallied and ordered a couple of desserts to share: A chocolate mousse cake and a slice of Italian rum cake...both of which were well worth the pain of starting a new diet the following Monday.
My blog entries contain the unmitigated, and sometimes unforgiving, dining truths and perceptions I experience as an ordinary restaurant patron. Every meal I post about has been fully paid for by one of the participating members of my personal dining party. I do not engage in the gratis blogger freebie dining events I'm constantly invited to attend and never will. If I ooze font-like love for a restaurant in my blog, it's because they totally earned it…not because they gave me free food or knew I was going to share the experience on the internet.