Do you ever visit a place that you really want
to like but just can't? I love the way Sosta looks from the outside, with big windows, a dark interior, and in the back of the house a flame dancing in a pizza oven. Elizabeth and I stopped in for dinner one night, hoping the inviting appearance would carry over to the rest of the experience.
There were three things on the menu that looked good to me, but I'd seen the pizza oven and that's what my body was wanting.
We got a bottle of Sangiovese. It was okay. It wasn't too expensive so I can't really complain, but I should have gone for the Super Tuscan instead. I considered getting a glass of that after we finished the Sangiovese, but... well, more on that in a minute.
The bread was good and the olive oil was very good. I would have liked more of it, but... well, more on that in a minute, too.
Elizabeth had the lemon sole on a bed of vegetables. She gave me a taste and I thought it was decent if a little dry. But this was her dish and she was pleased with it.
I had the eponymous pizza: burrata, shitake mushrooms, and arugula and truffle oil. It was very tasty, the creamy burrata playing off of the peppery greens and savory oil. I would have liked a slightly larger pie (I guess I assumed it would be when I saw the $19 price tag) but this was very good.
What was not good, what was in fact downright lousy, was the service. We saw our server twice: when she took our order and when she brought our check. (Our other encounters were with the busboy, who delivered our food and refilled our water.) I would have liked another glass of wine and some additional bread, as I mentioned, but there was no one to ask.
"Sorry I've been ignoring you," the server said when she dropped off the check. I never know what to do with such apologies. Should I be grateful that she acknowledged she gave us poor service and apologized? Or should I get annoyed at the fact that she was aware that she was "ignoring" (her word) us throughout our meal and still made no further effort?
I took the third option: go have an after-dinner drink somewhere else and make a mental note never to return to Sosta. The food was good but there are plenty of other places where we can have an equally good dinner for the same price (almost $100) and also receive good service.