Where to begin.....I love tasting menus since it gives you a flurry of wonderful flavours. I will start with the misto salad which was crisp and had a touch of dressing that complimented the mandarin orange slices. Next we were served the mushroom risotto I would have kept shoveling into my greedy mouth had they not taken the bowl away. Waiters kept coming with 4 different fired pizzas(a meatless w/ goat cheese & fresh piece of endive being my fave) and 3 exceptional foccacias hit the table. Never had zucchini foccacia before! Had it, LOVED it, dont' know it I will order anything else if that's on the menu. My companion thought the pizza selection was great since she likes meatless foods. Only one of the pizzas has meat. Moving on: prosciutto plates went by, they were wonderfully cured and tempered w/ just enough salt. They were also serving a very firm cheese, NO, it was downright hard. We did not care for it. The honey walnuts on the same platter were scrumptious. Then came an outstanding diamond shaped pasta dish w/ a mild tomato/meat sauce. It was delicate and we ate it slowly savoring every bite. \r
DESSERT: My guest and I NEVER skip dessert...we were like giddy children anticipating it. We expected one, but THREE...THREE goodies....I should be mean and not tell and be selfish and keep it to myself......ok here goes: #1 the smooth panne cotta w/ hazelnut, mandarin & salt, #2 rum drenched cake w/ homemade whip, #3 MY PERSONAL FAVE, lemoncello cream w/ salty pistachio. There was also a nice wine menu. We tasted a prosecco, pinot grigio, & a pinot noir. I prefer a pinot & it was excellent.\r
Some of the items mention above I noticed are not on the online menu. They will be having a seasonal menu, so it should be easy NOT to get bored. You will not be disappointed if you frequent Ristobar!
Pros: DESSERT & WINE
Cons: Take a cab, parking can be crazy on a busy night