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WoW! Keep Rocks away 'til some of us other guys get a chance. How big's the supply?

Thay have loads of it at Empson USA so I can run with it for as long as it sells well!!!

Hint! Hint!

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Yes, there is a bar.  I didn't take a close look but I think there are about half a dozen seats.  Along the opposite wall are your classic bar tall tables and chairs.

My apologies if this has already been covered. I'm dying to try this place - what is the bar availability on Saturday evening? Say I show up at around 6 - is there a wait? Is it easier to grab a table for one?

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My apologies if this has already been covered. I'm dying to try this place - what is the bar availability on Saturday evening? Say I show up at around 6 - is there a wait? Is it easier to grab a table for one?

We went last Friday at 9-9:15ish and there was only about a 10 minute wait for a party of four.
However, last call is at 10:30 I believe so you don't want to get there too late.

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We went last Friday at 9-9:15ish and there was only about a 10 minute wait for a party of four.

However, last call is at 10:30 I believe so you don't want to get there too late.

Sounds good. Thanks for the info alan7147

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Thay have loads of it at Empson USA so I can run with it for as long as it sells well!!!

Hint! Hint!

They have loads of it at Empson in New Jersey.

They have 5 cases of it at the warehouse in Maryland.

Unfortunately there is, alas, none left at Dino till Monday night.

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We went to Dino's last night. I was told the wait would be 45 minutes to an hour but in actuality it was 5 minutes! I think the people on the list ahead of us were scared off by the amount of time quoted so they left.

We had all the Crostini's offered, my favorite was the Dino special which was a Point Reyes Bleu cheese spread with a sardine on top. Wh had a Salumi platter (Italian meats) and their large cheese plate. The cheeses were all wonderful but the blue was too pungent for my taste. (The rest of the table loved it.)

Primi piatti's were the Lasagnette, Spaghetti with tomato and roasted garlic, Ravioli with cheese and roasted Baby Squash. My daughter had the Panini with Mozerella and Prosciutto. Also tried, was the heirloom tomato salad with onions and capers. All the pastas were delicious, I personally could have done without the panini....

We also had the wine of the day which was a 1998 Brunello for $48. All in all it was an enjoyable experience and would recommend this place.

Edited by RaisaB

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Spent an enjoyable Friday night parked at the bar of Dino (Newton's first law of motion). The aforementioned Brunello is indeed a terrific bargain, even though it's not exactly a summertime wine. They have an array of tasty bar snacks including highly addictive peppers stuffed with prosciuto and provolone. The market fresh items are not falsely advertized. I tried the heirloom tomatoes drizzled with fine aged balsamic. Quite a summertime tastefest! Also had the chicken which I found to be perfectly prepared, moist and tasty. Enjoyed chatting with Dean and Chris. Finished off the evening by having dessert (Turkish delight) at Zaytinya ( It's just a short hop down the red line, so for those who require a dessert after a good meal keep it in mind as an option.) :P

Edited by FunnyJohn

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We'll be checking it out tonight. I hope the wait is not too long; we plan to meet there at 7:30 (our back-up plans are either Spices or Palena Cafe). I can't wait to get the octopus dish...I love it! Any other must-tries that don't involve pork? Thanks!

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Any other must-tries that don't involve pork?

Thin-sliced proscu.... oh. Right. Nevermind.

The Crostata alla Dino and ravioli special are definitely worth a shot. For dessert both the limoncello tiramisu and the Nutella panini are delicious. Enjoy!

Jael

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We'll be checking it out tonight. I hope the wait is not too long; we plan to meet there at 7:30 (our back-up plans are either Spices or Palena Cafe).  I can't wait to get the octopus dish...I love it!  Any other must-tries that don't involve pork? Thanks!

The Asiago crostini is very good as well as Tagliata di Manzo which is slices of New York steak served with a salsa verde on a bed of arugula with shaved Pecorino Toscano & olive oil.

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By the way... We are back in the 1998 Costanti Brunello business. We have 5 cases right now and more is on the way.

Also on the wine front the reserve list is coming along. It will start either this weekend or next week.

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Thanks Alan and Jael for the tips!

We started with the crostini sampler, which all of us liked very much. In particular, I liked the cheese and sardine one-- very fresh and complemented the cheese well. Unfortunately, each of us only got one bite of each so I'll have to remember what I liked for next time!

I wanted to try the small plates, as I wasn't really in the mood for a whole entree. I had the octopus, the smoked mozerella, and the baby yukon gold potatoes. While each dish was very tasty alone, taken together, I don't think I created a particularly complementary meal. (I probably would've been happier sharing the small plates and eating half of each dish, and getting to try 3 more.) Nonetheless, I liked the chick pea accompaniment to the octopus-- very flavorful. The potatoes were very good with the olive oil and salt that's left on the table. (I'd been looking for fingerling pototaoes all summer at the store, so this satisfied my craving.)

My husband had the Tagliata di Manzo...he loved the arugula salad (which I was eyeing enviously, since I love arugula), and the steak looked perfectly cooked (medium rare--nice and red in the middle). I think he liked the steak just fine, but it didn't say "wow" to him. He also got to have some of my potatoes, which he concurred had that nice earthy taste, brought out by the good olive oil and salt. Our friend had the lasagna, and didn't leave a drop behind. Even though it sounded like it would be a heavy dish (with all the meat), he said it was light and didn't leave him with a greasy feeling.

Too full for dessert, unfortunately. Maybe next time I'll get to try more of the small plates, dessert, and sample some of the great wine that you all have been talking about!

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By the way... We are back in the 1998 Costanti Brunello business.  We have 5 cases right now and more is on the way.

Also on the wine front the reserve list is coming along.  It will start either this weekend or next week.

Whoohoo! Save a bottle for me. :P I'll be in for my first visit on Friday along with my cousins, who are Dino-ites.

Edited by Alex

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Glad to hear about the wine service here. Sounds like this place is worth checking out soon.

One question though, do they take reservations, or is it walk in and wait only? Better yet, are they on OpenTable (it looks like not)?

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Reservations are only accepted for parties of 7 or more. Obviously then, no Open Table.

Even if they did take reservations remember that OT is very expensive and costs the restaurant $1 a person even if you don't show.

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I bellied up to the bar last night to eat my way through as much as the menu as possible. Guided by affable barman Chris, I had most pleasant and satiating evening.

Started off with a glass of the Umbria. A good choice to cool me down as it was a little muggy out. I started by munching on some of the olives on the bar. Proceeding into the menu, I started with a sampler of crostini. A very nice bar snack. The highlight here for me was the "asiago salsa". The gorgonzola and anchovy was slightly to salty for me. Told that they used to use Point Reyes blue for this, I can't help but think that it might have been preferable. On the whole, a very enjoyable start.

Moving on I got a quartin of the Costanti Brunello, which I somehow managed to order over a twisting tongue insisting that it should be "CoNstanti" (you know, what Istanbul used to be). Oh my. Previous praise does not do this juice justice.

Deciding that I felt carnivorous, I had Chris steer me toward the "Affettati Misti". A salumi platter with a little cheese and frittata. The cold frittata didn't quite do it for me being a little too grainy for my taste. Hindsight being 20/20, I think that it might have been cooked at slightly too high a temperature which could account for some of the liquid seperation. The meats, however, were spectacular -- ham, mortadella/bologna (?), Genoa salami, and I was lucky enough to get a couple shavings of prosciutto. The prosciutto is heavenly. The other three were all very good, my favorite among them by a pig's snout being the ham.

At this point, business at the bar began hoppin', but (unusually for me) I felt dessert calling my name. I was glad that Chris suggested the tiramisu. Served in a huge coffee mug this was delicious, especially accompanied as it was by a pleasant Moscato d'Asti.

Pulling on my riot gear I edged my way out through a three-deep crowd, breaking free into the night a happy boy.

I just wish the bar had a few more than the five seats it possesses. On the other hand, it does lie on a direct line between the kitchen and most of the tables, so I was able to eyeball a few of the other dishes as they passed by. I'll certainly have to return so that I can try the more traditionally "dinner" parts of the menu.

Congrats Dean. I think you have a very good space and concept. The food is quite good and the vino is very good. Thanks to Chris for an enjoyable evening.

PS - everyone now needs to ask Chris what the college nickname is that he mentioned the existence of last night but refused to divulge. :P

Edited by JPW

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A Couple of notes....

We have sold through 5 more cases of the Costanti so it may be out of stock for a few days. I will try to get more Monday but it might not be till the end of the week that we have it.

Cheeses- We have cut into a really nice old Asiago and are also offering a triple Creme mixed milk cheese, La Tur, from the Piemonte. We are running low on the Castelmagno and Erborinati (One of the strongest blue cheeses I have ever had) so if you have not had them, try them. Because I air freight these cheeses in, we will not have them again till October at the earliest.

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When do you expect to have mnore Castelmagno on-hand?

If I order it this week, it will arrive about October 1. I ordered heavy last week so it may wind up being October 15 before we have it back. Then I will have to decide when to cut into it!

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How are the crowds on Mondays? I'm headed over there next week with a chef friend of mine, probably around 6-ish. Can't wait!

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How are the crowds on Mondays?  I'm headed over there next week with a chef friend of mine, probably around 6-ish.  Can't wait!

Lola, I was there this past Monday night and we got a table with no problem, but we didn't show up til 8.45.

Actually really enjoyed this new addition to the neighborhood - nothing fancy, certainly not event dining, but comfortable, nicely appointed and decent food. Dean was there to welcome and seat us and he is as congenial and obliging as they come.

My highlights were whole wheat pasta with a mix of capers, garlic, anchovies and olive oil that was billed as "pungent", but to my palate was just right, in fact, I can easily imagine having a very satisfying meal of it. My lamb was a bit overdone for my taste, but they did tell me that it comes in just one degree of doneness, so can't please everyone.

Overall, a satisfying experience for a weeknight, and I look forward to more grazing, great wine and a warm welcome.

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6pm on a Monday has historically be wide open.

Thank you, Dean. I hope YOU are there so I can say hello!

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Thank you, Dean.  I hope YOU are there so I can say hello!

I will be there for dinner with a group of friends. We will be the drunk ones int he private dining room making fools of ourselves..... oooops I mean we will be in the private dining room having a sober evaluation of new and old vintages. Yeah! Right!!!

Let Michael know and I will stop by and visit!

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I will be there for dinner with a group of friends.  We will be the drunk ones int he private dining room making fools of ourselves.....  oooops I mean we will be in the private dining room having a sober evaluation of new and old vintages.  Yeah!  Right!!!

Let Michael know and I will stop by and visit!

I certainly will! We will be the drunk ones in the regular dining room making fools of ourselves. :P

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