M and I had dinner at Trattoria Alberto yesterday.
We went early (around 5:30pm) because we were hungry (neither of us had eaten since breakfast), and didn’t see any reason to wait until later. There were a number of people at the bar, not many in the dining room (one other couple when we first went in). Smoking is obviously allowed at the bar.
(Side note: That’s one of the things I’ve disliked the most about living in Pennsylvania. It’s not smoke-free. I’m not a holier-than-thou ex-smoker, but I do appreciate a smoke-free environment.)
Alberto’s is lovely, decorated in what looks like Tuscan style with murals on the walls. The tables are covered with white linen. The lighting is low. The ambiance is well-suited for a romantic dinner.
The service was very good, as was the food. The only complaint I have — the word complaint seeming a little strong — is that the bread didn’t seem all that fresh. However, the dipping oil (olive oil with sun-dried tomatoes) was very tasty and softened up the bread.
For an appetizer we split a tomato dish: Jersey tomatoes with basil, roasted red peppers, goat cheese, cucumbers, and peppers. Very fresh and very tasty. The waiter brought it on two plates, knowing we were splitting the appetizer. Nice touch.
M had the Rigatoni Boscaiola (rigatoni pasta with sausage and wild mushrooms). The pasta was cooked al dente (perfect!). The tomato sauce carrying the sausage and mushrooms tasted fresh. Delicious!
I had Gnocchi Tricolori (potato dumplings with roasted red peppers and fresh spinach in a Gorgonzola cheese sauce. Wonderful!! The gnocchi was perfect, the sauce was rich, and it was a treat to the taste buds.
We were both too full for dessert. A terrible shame, really, as I would imagine their desserts are just as good.