This was a weekend of firsts and it’s not over yet.
On Friday, we popped into Seis’ Kitchen for lunch. I didn’t take any photos but did enjoy my meal of three carne adobo tacos with a side of calabacitas.
The room has gone a major makeover now that dining is fast casual. The once sushi bar that sits in the middle of the room is still there but now it is used for liquor. Everything else looks new with an unfussy, modern style.
On Saturday, we went to dinner at Dolce Vita. At first, we were the only people in the place – usually a bad sign – but then literally in a matter of ten minutes the place filled up with couples, families and groups of friends. Many seemed to be old time customers of the original Dolce Vita that was open for nearly forty years on Broadway and Pantano. The owner filled in as busser – a good sign. Service was great – another good sign.
There isn’t a website yet, I recommend they get one up and running soon. And please include a menu.
They don’t have their liquor license yet, victims of the stupidity of the various local regulations required to open a business and get all the proper permits. It’s a lament you hear from many small business owners in town. For some unknown reason, the powers that be make it tough for people to open small businesses. One day, I will write a scathing essay on the inane, archaic ways the city, county and state treat small business owners but until then…
Only days ago, we had been talking about how you just don’t see escargot on menus anymore but there they were, served either stand alone or stuffed in mushroom caps and topped with mozzarella. We opted for the second prep. We loved them and wolfed them down in a flash.
Our entrees were linguini with clams, white sauce (another dish I’d been thinking about lately) and baked manicotti with a side of homemade sausage.
Entrees come with soup or salad. We both chose salad which was a goodly portion of mixed greens, red onions, a tomato and a pepperoncini pepper. We couldn’t finish them but they were good. You also get a pasta salad with the house vinaigrette. It was tasty, but we left most of it for leftovers.
The portions of the entrees were generous. The manicotti was tender and gooey with baked cheese. The sausage was perfect. Topped with a hearty red sauce, the two pieces were slightly spicy with a soft hint of fennel. They tasted truly homemade. Like the sausage I ate growing up.
The linguini had tons of tender clams redolent with garlic. Looking at the photo, you’ll see mussels adorning the plate, but this dish was a fine example of how this dish should be prepared.
We were fully sated and still had food on our plates, but decided to see the dessert menu. In a very old fashioned, but extremely clever idea, the desserts are brought to the table for you to examine. It’s impossible to say no, so we took tiramisu home and ate half within minutes of walking in the door.
We’ll definitely be back.
Tonight another new place – Culinary Dropout, the newest Fox Restaurant Concept in Tucson. Stay tuned.