After much anticipation, Graffiato, Top Chef Mike Isabella‘s new place, has finally opened! We went to the soft opening on Monday, and sampled, oh like half the menu. I was seriously over-full after that feast.
Here’s the deal:
Food – Very good. Chicken in pepperoni sauce, spaghetti with tomato sauce, grilled octopus and stretched mozarella were probably my favorites. Several others were solid – flavorful and nicely constructed. Then there were one or two that I didn’t quite get, maybe a tad sweet for my palate.
Drinks – Apparently, Graffiato secured its liquor license just an hour before opening on Monday night, so the selection was limited. That said, I had a chilly and bubbly glass of prosecco from the prosecco on tap (genius!) which hit the spot on a hot, humid day. Upstairs, I had the Sofia, bubbly in a can, also tasty, and a fun presentation.
Other good dishes:
Now, the not so favorites …
We really didn’t need dessert. Dark chocolate tart with salt sorbet (interesting) and a deconstructed carrot cake mousse with cream cheese topping. Not bad, but maybe we were just too sated by the evening.
Overall, a very enjoyable experience. Of course, next time, we won’t eat *everything* on the menu.