My friend and I went to Uva the other night for dinner. We were seated within 10 minutes on a crowded Wednesday night around 9pm, which made me happy... wish it had been outside but the place was full. We had a great corner table in the back... Loved the ambience here though... very dimly lit with small red candles on each table. Very romantic for a date... I'll come back for that sometime. Anyway, we drank a really great bottle of wine (my friend had been there a few times before) that only cost $28... really can't beat that! Started out the meal with the Stracchino bruschetta (a Soft, Creamy, Young Cheese with Grape Tomatoes and Chives), which was light and refreshing, although not the best bruschetta I've ever had (THAT would be at Divine Bar). My friend had the Polenta Tartufata... polenta with black truffle sauce filled with robiola cheese -- one of the best appetizers I've had in months -- and it was WAY better than the polenta I had last week at 'Inoteca. For main dishes we both had the braised boneless short ribs, which was truly delicious, and came with a 'rosemary cake'. I don't even know what that was but I loved it. Afterwards, we had a 3-cheese plate that was enjoyable but not great... we just needed some more food. Desserts were just okay... my friend had the strawberries with mascarpone cream and I had something else that was pretty boring, as well as a glass of 12-yr port. Dessert was unnecessary, as neither of us were too impressed. The one drawback of the night was the service, which constantly left us looking around for our waitress. She was never around and forgot to get us things we asked for multiple times -- water, bread (twice), and a dessert. Unacceptable. The Sommalier was good at his job, though. I will revisit Uva soon with a girl for a date.
Pros: Great Food, Excellent Wine, Fantastic Value, Relaxed Ambience
Cons: Really Poor Service, Weak Desserts