I've been wanting to get to Cella Bistro for a long, long time. A recent post on Table Hopping finally made it impossible to not go - open Sunday + 3 courses for $30 = I'm there. We made a 5:30 reservations and relied on Google maps to get us there, which fortunately worked. When we arrived, we loitered by the bar area for a few minutes until we were warmly greeted by the apparently sole front of the house employee, Hanna. She invited us to sit where ever we wanted and brought us menus and water in no time. The Sunday menu options are limited: only 3 starters, 2 entrees and 2 desserts from which to choose. Good, I say. I'm tired of overwhelmingly long menus with far too many choices. Remember? I'm suffering from an inability to make choices these days.
We went with a garlicky bean and greens soup and a gorgeous herb and bread crumb stuffed artichoke. The soup was light, filled with intense garlic flavor and still firm greens - delicious. The artichoke is something I've always wanted to make but have been too lazy to deal with - tamping the breadcrumb mixture between the leaves just seems to me like something I don't have the time or patience to deal with - kind of like making pie crust or working with phyllo dough. The artichoke was wonderful - it really set the tone for a homemade tasting Italian meal. The leaves were tender and there was a small puddle of butter to drag each one through prior to scraping the yummy flesh off between my teeth.
|Cavatelli with broccolini|
For dessert we had a trifle and a hunk of tiramisu. Both were fairly light since the foundational ingredients to both were feather weight sponge-type cake, one being an angel food and the other lady's fingers. There was a certainty density from the marscapone and cream, but still, these were lovely finales to a worth-waiting-for dining experience. And - what a value. Dinner for 2, which essentially translated to 6 meals, with a perfect bottle of Italian red and a fat tip came to $125.