Oh, oh, oh! ?The Italian Maid? is the Infinite Is? gift to us common mortals. I had a chicken breast marinated in fabulous basil/cilantro vinaigrette, then grilled and topped with a mild tomato/pepper/red onion salsa and served with some fantastic roasted veggies. Dearly Beloved had a fantastic cup of gumbo followed by tilapia and shrimp in a superb tomato sauce with the same roasted veggies for a side. Now the bad news is that the house salad was nothing to be too excited about ? romaine and cabbage ? I had the House dressing which was the basil/cilantro vinaigrette, and very good. And more bad news is that the roasted veggies, while absolutely divine, were on the cool-ish side. The broccoli was cold, but good with the chicken and gone before we could make a complaint. The asparagus had been prepared by someone who knew, just knew, how to fix asparagus. No toughness and snapped instead of cut. It was a pleasure to eat. I had never had roasted jacima before, just the raw, grated stuff. What a difference! And dessert! We asked for a tiramisu which, unfortunately for us, was already gone. What we had made Life Worth Living again. Dearly Beloved had the Italian Creme Cake and I had the Orange Swirled Cheesecake. Ah. Yes. This was more than we had hoped for and a delight to the palate. The Creme Cake was perfect in the ingredients and balance between the walnuts and the sweetness. The cheesecake was New York-style, but without that sometimes bitter tang you can get with an improper balance. The crust had just enough sliced almonds to highlight the orange flavor and there was enough richness to the cake, I can still taste it lingering at the back of my palate. Sigh. Such bliss.
Pros: deserts, gumbo, vinagrette, seafood dish, roasted veggies, asparagus
Cons: cold broccoli, located in historic district