Last night Tammy, Miki and I ate at Ghibellina on 14th Street. The restaurant describes itself as an Italian Gastro Pub and is the brainchild of the same owner of Acqua al 2, another favorite Italian spot of mine.
For the most part we all enjoyed our meal. We had a slightly neurotic hostess at the beginning of dinner (she really didn’t want to seat Tammy and I until Miki arrived (mind you Tammy and I were both about 5 minutes early). Now I get wanting to let your guests know about your happy hour specials at the bar, but if they politely say “no” once, they mean no, don’t keep asking and pointing to the bar. Also, why is it such a big deal to seat us if the majority of our party is there and the restaurant is empty?
Once she did seat Tammy and I down she kept asking when we’d be expecting our third diner. I answered, “well she is aware the reservation is at 6pm, so I imagine she’ll be here by 6″…
Once we had our menus and glasses of wine (mine and Miki’s) things got better.
Ghibellina has both small plates and regular-sized entrees which is nice. The three of us decided to partake in the small plate options so we could each order two different things for ourselves.
Tammy decided to order the Spezzatino – the braised veal, white wine, rosemary, garlic and the Tagliatelle Al Ragu – beef ragú, grana padan.
Miki and I decided to keep the pattern going on of us ordering the same thing (wine) by each ordering the Insalata Ghibellina and the Pappardelle All’ Antara – duck ragú, pancetta, red wine, tomato grana padano. We loved both plates!
We had no room whatsoever for dessert. We all agreed that should we come back the pasta would be our go-to. We also assumed their pizzas would be good too.
For our next 14th Street restaurant next month we are contemplating bringing our significant others to partake in the fun. 🙂
For more information on Ghibellina go here.
Happy Hump Day!