d.vino Italian Food and Wine Bar offers guests Italian cuisine and plenty of wine. In fact, their 18-bottle Enomatic wine system allows you to walk right up, push a button and pour it yourself. Of course, if you're interested in a little nosh, there's plenty of that as well.
Start with appetizers like the salmon crudo, thinly sliced salmon with an orange cure, dressed with orange slices and a light dill aioli that gives the crudo a fresh, bright lift.
The clams oreganata, though frustratingly small, are tasty and loaded with breadcrumbs, parsley and garlic.
One highlight is the selection of cheese available. There are more than 13 varieties of cheese that are served on a rustic cutting board. Cheeses include a tame yet flavor-packed Ubriaco del Piave from Treviso, Italy and a piquant gorgonzola.
There are also cured meats like prosciutto di Parma, mortadella and bresaola available for your charcuterie board.
Pastas include a tasty rigatoni with a red pepper sauce. The tagliatelle with a light alfredo sauce had the potential of great flavor and was cooked properly, although very under-salted.
The pasta was redeemed by a tender swordfish topped with baby clams and sautéed in white wine. An insanely good lemon roasted chicken has succulent meat with crispy skin. A classic New York strip steak served over a bed of arugula and topped with sweet corn was also a great dish.
For dessert, a traditional tiramisu and fluffy lemon polenta cake are great endings to the meal.
Whether you're sitting at the bar for a 2-ounce pour of Brunello or sitting down to a full meal, d.vino offers a variety of options to suit everyone's appetite.
-- Review by Nikki Neu