Occupation: Financial Marketing Director
Favorite Restaurant: chiaroscuro
Reviewed chiaroscuro: Friday, March 9, 2012
Chiaroscuro - the word itself means light-dark….this is a perfect way to describe this outstanding restaurant. The restaurant is an elegant and sophisticated place that offers versatility in their menu elections. The servers are exceptionally dynamic and are knowledgeable about the menu and are passionate about their recommendation. I have been eating at Chiaroscuro for over a year and I have never been disappointed. The chef takes pride in the quality of food by utilizing local ingredients.
I decided to celebrate my husband’s birthday dinner at the restaurant as it offers a mystical, fun, and sophisticated environment. From the moment we sat down, the staff was eagerly waiting to serve you and to talk about the menu. We each ordered a different appetizer which range from the warm octopus salad to the fritturina mista (calamari). The fritturina is usually served during lunch, but the chef was happy to prepare it for my husband, and it was fantastic. The calamari was not over cooked and not too greasy. It was wonderful and cooked to perfection and it was the right amount to share with 3 people. I had the warm octopus salad with the crispy Yukon gold potatoes, frisee, peranzana olives, toasted pistachios, and pickled onion. This dish was amazing and the octopus was cooked to perfection. Following the appetizer I ordered the half order of the carbonara, and it was to die for. This has always been my “go-to” at Chiaroscuro. I like the fact that at lunch you can order a small portion and have a larger portion for dinner; they will accommodate. This dish is what keeps me coming to the restaurant. I have travelled all over Italy and I have never eaten anything as good as this dish. The chef does an exceptional job with this dish by balancing the cheese and pasta while maintaining lightness to the dish. The moment you take the first bite you are sold, and it instantly reminds you of being in another place in time. The rest of my guests ordered the carbonara and loved it so much that one of them ordered a second portion.
If that was not enough, we were still eager to try a third course, and I could not resist trying the monkfish because this was my chance to venture out a bit. Let me say, “I was not disappointed.” The fish was light and flaky and very very fresh. The presentation was impeccable, and it was an excellent finish to a wonderful meal. Although, we brought our own wine, the wine selection is excellent and very well selected to complement the menu. In closing, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that is looking for a modern, sophisticated restaurant with exceptional food coupled with an exceptional staff.
Occupation: Operations Manager
Favorite Restaurant: Lanesplitter Pizza and Pub
Reviewed chiaroscuro: Wednesday, March 7, 2012
I rode my bicycle straight from work to Chiaroscuro... big mistake! This place is elegant, romantic, and not the right place for my work clothes. When my wife arrived, the first thing she said was that she, too, was underdressed... it didn't seem to matter to the staff though, the service was perfect!