we went back to Graffiato for a second visit, having had a pretty good dinner there within a couple of months after they opened. See my previous review for a few issues i cited.
This time, we had an excellent experience. maybe the opening pains are gone, maybe because we sat downstairs close to the kitchen and bar (as opposed to the 2nd floor), maybe because we started a tad earlier? not sure, but Graffiato has matured into an even better dining experience.
after arriving at 5:30, the restaurant and bar area quickly became packed and was bustling. we had excellent service all evening. we enjoyed a Prosecco on tap (had to) and the marinated olives and flatbread with pepperoni sauce (daily special) first. my daughter loved the marinated olives more than i did. i just didn't get much distinctive flavors of chili, citrus and herbs this time compared with my first visit, but they were good, not great. the delicate flatbread wedges cut arrived in a cone holder like a belgian french fire holder, with the pepperoni sauce on the side for dipping or spreading on the bread. that sauce would be good on anything.
we had the Classic pizza with prosciutto and mozarella added and it was delicious. great to get it right out of the wood stove and eat it right away, which added to a more delicious experience than last visit when our 2nd floor location and decision to eat it last may have resulted in a sub-par eating experience.
the Crispy brussell sprouts were even more amazing than the first time. the sprout leaves somehow get flaked away and fried crispy into a fried but delicate flavor with the pancetta, maple and egg.
we had a second order of crisp brussel spouts. had to.
the tortellini with butternut squash, goat and walnut were delicate and delicious. for desert, we loved sharing the dense chocolate taste with olive oil, pine nuts, sea salt gelato. rich, and with the sweet and salty taste combination, it's excellent. but make sure you eat your bites with a bit of chocolate tarte TOGETHER with the sea salt gelato; and the warm walnut cake with some kind of gelato - strawberry? very nice, the little walnut cakes were appropriately crispy on the outside and soft in the inside.
loved. will go back soon
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