Just wanted to report back - we had a GREAT meal at Roberto’s on Saturday! The only negative was the noise level - it was very busy and they weren’t able to seat us downstairs (which I understand is a little quieter). Upstairs was insanely loud, but we managed despite the fact that my dad is a little bit deaf. Food was delicious across the board.
We shared two antipasti, two primi and three secondi between us, plus one tiramisu. The antipasti were VERY small portions for the price - we chose the cotechino sausage with white beans and the burrata with beets, and we ended up with one small slice of sausage and about four beans each, plus maybe 1/2 oz of burrata and a single thin slice of beet, and I think they were $15 each. However, the pastas were generously sized and the meats were enormous, so it all evened out. My dad and I shared a seafood pasta in cartoccio that was delicious - light tomato sauce and abundant seafood (clams, mussels and shrimp) with perfectly cooked rotelle. Shrimp were a tad overcooked but the clams were PERFECTION. My mom and DH had a cauliflower orecchiette that was also very good.
For mains DH chose the osso buco from the regular menu, which is made with lamb and served with a rich wine sauce. My parents tried to order the same thing but were steered instead to the veal osso buco special by our waiter, which was in a lighter tomato sauce and ended up being a better choice for them to share. Both were super tender, and the sauces paired really well with their respective meats. I had veal scallopine with cotechino and fontina in a sage sauce - it was FABULOUS, but in truth the sausage and sauce kind of obliterated the delicate veal - it could have just as easily been pork tenderloin. The sauce was so good I didn’t care :).
Tiramisu was light and full of espresso flavor - very nice rendition. Breads were good and I appreciated the very peppery, grassy olive oil on the table - so many restaurants skimp with cheap oil. Service was extremely efficient - these guys know what they’re doing! We had had lunch at the CIA the day before with terrible, amateurish service so this was like a breath of fresh air. We’ll be back for sure, and I look forward to trying Zero Otto Nove as well.
BTW, we also had a spectacular lunch at Agern - I’ll post a full report on a separate thread!