Los Angeles, California
July 19, 2010
I don’t know about "every woman" but it certainly is a dream-come-true when my husband initiates a dinner out and even goes so far as to make reservations. You have to understand, he’s not the reservations type, so when he informed me that he had done so and told me that I would enjoy returning to this restaurant after a long absence, I was very impressed!
My husband informed me that the restaurant had restructured their menu and the pricing was more in line with economic conditions, making it more attractive. Well, it must have done the trick because there wasn’t a vacant table anywhere the night we dined at Il Moro in West L.A. I had been there several years ago and didn’t recall their menu, so for me, it was like starting all over again, with a clean slate. Upon walking in, we were warmly greeting by their valet staff, that held open the door for us. As visitors walk to the hostess stand, they will notice Il Moro’s modern and spacious bar. Again, we were warmly greeted, this time by the restaurant’s hostess. She seated us outside on their patio, as we had requested. It was a comfortable balmy evening with a light breeze – just perfect for dining out. Il Moro was prepared though with plenty of the space heaters for the change in temperature as the sun went down.
All of the service was friendly and efficient. Perhaps they appeared to be making an evident effort, but I was certainly more pleased with that than the alternative. I never fault any business for trying too hard! I decided to begin my meal with a cocktail from their bar, and ordered an Appletini. Since I’m not a big drinker, I requested that the bartender go easy on the vodka. Making a request like this is dicey as either the waiter or the bartender or both simply do not listen. But in Il Moro’s case, they both listened, and I enjoyed a perfectly mixed Appletini. The restaurant’s menu pricing is very reasonable and they section the offerings by category: Fish, Meat, Soup, Pasta, Vegetarian, Pizza and Cheese. I selected the seared tuna followed by the homemade spinach gnocchi. The tuna was prepared to perfection with a light searing on the outside and deliciously cool and raw on the inside. It was served on a bed of lettuce with green beans, anchovies and black olives. I am a lover of anchovies and never thought of serving them with seared tuna, but it really worked! My entrée of the spinach gnocchi was absolutely divine – it melted in my mouth. It is served with a cream sauce, which incidentally, will make your eyes roll back in your head. I decided not to indulge in dessert but did have a cappuccino which was served in a generous coffee cup.
Both my husband and I were most satisfied with our dining experience and mutually agreed that it was well worth many return visits. But, we’re still working on the reservations thing.