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I need a little help picking two Harrisburg restaurants

Just to follow up

Ended up with a change of plans, so only had one night in Harrisburg. Didn't make it to Mangia Qui, but did enjoy Bricco. The Sage Pappardelle paired with the Nicolas Potel Savigny les Baune was off the charts, BUT get that Burgundy opened the minute you get there and linger over the apps. It took an hour for it to open up.

Thanks for all the help.

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Mangia Qui
268 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Nov 15, 2011
altajoe in Pennsylvania

I need a little help picking two Harrisburg restaurants

Once I saw that Confit was likely not to reopen, I decided to try Char's Bellamundo. I just can't believe that it too is closed. Maybe I should just pack some sandwiches.

Oct 03, 2011
altajoe in Pennsylvania

I need a little help picking two Harrisburg restaurants

That's a shame. The more I look at the menu, the more I feel that it would have been my Monday evening destination. Since we won't be there until October, perhaps the "Kitchen Renovation" will have actually been a kitchen reno and my next dilemma will be where to buy a decent wine, since it's BYOB (I think).

Aug 16, 2011
altajoe in Pennsylvania

I need a little help picking two Harrisburg restaurants

Any thoughts on Confit? I love French and bistro is one of our favorites.

Aug 15, 2011
altajoe in Pennsylvania

I need a little help picking two Harrisburg restaurants

Is El Sol / Express a Spanish restaurant or a Mexican?

Aug 15, 2011
altajoe in Pennsylvania

I need a little help picking two Harrisburg restaurants

My wife and I will be in Harrisburg/Hershey for an event in October. The event will take up one evening, but I'll be looking for "foodie" type dining spots for a Saturday and a Monday night.

I have read MWB's post and it may be all I need, but it never hurts to get second and third opinions (I particularly agree with his assessment of the wine markup at Bricco. A curse of knowing the wholesale price of wines is that I rarely got to enjoy a nice bottle:))

I am wondering if Suba has a decent selection of Spanish wines. The Mangia Qui website's wine list is from 10/2009. I can't believe that they'd have a Spanish Tapas bar and present an exclusively Italian wine list!

So, back on point; since our strike zone is inventive, well prepared dishes using fresh ingredients should we target only Suba for Saturday night and Bricco for Monday?

All opinions are welcome:)

Thanks.

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Mangia Qui
268 North St, Harrisburg, PA 17101

Aug 15, 2011
altajoe in Pennsylvania

Omaha Readers Delurk

I finally made it to Dario's Brasserie tonight and I have to say I was under-whelmed. Sure, I liked the Brasserie feel to the place. No need to worry what you are wearing, just come on in. But after the build up I expected more from the food. I ordered the Mussels, which is the one dish that is constantly applauded. It was fine, though the broth was too watered down

I think it was the bread that gave me the most pause. There was a time when all the best restaurants got their bread from The Bread Oven, but apparently the BO's owner lost his mind and decided to charge the restaurants retail pricing. Few have been able to even come close when they went out to find an alternative. Dario, he didn't come close. The mussels scream for a good baguette. What I got was horribly mediocre.

In all fairness to Dario I'll try again, and probably again after that. I've got my eye on the Duck Shepard's Pie.

Best Merlot

I have to say that I'm not a fan of Merlot, but when I had the Merlot from Schweiger Vineyards on Spring Mountain, in Napa I was floored. Its not inexpensive, the best price I've seen is $28, but in my estimation, well worth the money.

Spring Mountain is referred to as "Cab Mountain" and Schweiger's cabs are fantastic, but as I said, their Merlot hit a home run with me.

Jan 28, 2008
altajoe in Wine

3 nights in Scottsdale - Help

Well, we're back.

Wednesday - Durant's - Didn't attempt to get my name on the wall, but it would have been fun to try.

Thursday - Sol y Sombra - Much better than expected. Felt sorry for the guy next to us that dropped a bundle on the wife/kid/MIL who would only eat the ribs. McDonalds would have have been a better choice for them. Almost asked him to join us . lol Nice wine list. Knowledgeable Sommelier.

Friday - Black Forest - Sometimes I just want a good German meal. Should have, would have. But I made a big mistake. The waiter said Ham Shank I heard Pork Shank. Love Pork Shank. Hate Ham Shank. Should have gone with the Schnitzel. Maybe next time.

Saturday - Voltaire - Classic, but not haughty French. Wine list is very very limited. That was a surprise. Food made up for it. Finished the night with the owner's home-made Limoncello. It was spot on. I'll go back the next time i'm in town.

So, thanks for all the advice.

Sep 11, 2007
altajoe in Phoenix

3 nights in Scottsdale - Help

Thanks.

Sep 02, 2007
altajoe in Phoenix

3 nights in Scottsdale - Help

Actually, German just popped into our heads. Any good German restaurants in Scottsdale / Paradise Valley / Phoenix?

Aug 31, 2007
altajoe in Phoenix

3 nights in Scottsdale - Help

Thanks for all the suggestions. Now I need to make some decisions.

Aug 27, 2007
altajoe in Phoenix

3 nights in Scottsdale - Help

Staying at the Millennium @ 7401 N Scottsdale Road.

BTW, heard about Le Voltaire (French) and Pepin (Spanish), any thoughts?

Thanks

Aug 17, 2007
altajoe in Phoenix

3 nights in Scottsdale - Help

Actually, I'm spending 4 nights in Scottsdale next month. But, one night is a business dinner at Durants. So, I need the Chowderhounds to help me choose the other 3 nights.

We like French / Spanish (Spain, not mexican) / Italian / Sushi / Chinese. But, since we're from Nebraska, no steakhouses need apply.

If its French/Spanish/Italian a good wine list is a must.

One last thing, no formal attire! Resort casual at best. lol

Thanks in advance.

Aug 17, 2007
altajoe in Phoenix

Why is Cheese Forbidden in Authentic Italian Fish Cookery?

In general, its not just the fish or shellfish. Its the condimento, which is usually delicate. A light tomato base or oil is intended to accompany.

To an Italian, putting cheese on a seafood dish is the equivalent to salting without trying it first, a no-no in any country. One more consideration is that by grabbing the cheese you are implying that the fish/shellfish is not fresh and needs to be masked.

Aug 03, 2007
altajoe in General Topics

Why is Cheese Forbidden in Authentic Italian Fish Cookery?

No cheese (especially Parm) on fish is simple. Fish is delicate. Cheese (again, especially Parm) is not. The thought is that cheese will overpower the fish.

Aug 03, 2007
altajoe in General Topics