Recently I was treated to dinner by my parents in Rockville at a restaurant that is literally right across from the Kareoke place that I mentioned in my last post. Lemoncello is touted as one of the higher class restaurants in Montgomery county so I was interested in seeing what it was like (plus my mom had a coupon from their website which is of course why she wanted to go there).
I thought the place was pretty cute and a perfect place to take your date for a romantic dinner out (but uh in this case I was with my parents). The restaurant looked just like one you would find in Italy-small, cozy but still a little bit elegant (they could stand to remove the wide screen tv in the back of the restaurant by the bar though). My problem with many Italian restaurants is the proportion of carbs to vegetables. Hey I love my carbs but I would like them to come with a decent amount of vegetables to add some more flavor and variety to my dish.
Lemoncello's menu suffered from the low-veggie affliction and I was
going to get the Lemencello chicken since it came with mushrooms and
asparagus (one of the most veggie-centric dishes on the menu) but my mom
ordered it and since I can't get the same thing as someone else at the
table I got the ravioli with bolognese (meat) sauce. My dad got the
chicken and veggie pizza and all three of us ordered a different salad
for an appetizer. My dad's salad was the best though it was only greens
with a vinegary dressing with slices of white orange and slivers of
quality parmesan cheese but the ingredients were so good I forgave it
for its lack of pizzazz (my favorite salads are a jumble of at least a
handful of different ingredients). My ceasar was dissapointing in its
ordinariness (sometimes you can get a really good ceasar but this was
not that time) and my moms house salad was normal and adequate. I
thought that my dads pizza was similarly normal and adequare-nothing
special but nothing bad about it either. My moms lemoncello chicken was
the best of the three entrees but the chicken was a bit dry and I could
have definitely made it at home. My own dish came in last in the race
(er meal) since my ravioli had a riccotta cheese filling reminiscent of
the ones I get in frozen ravioli dinners (processed, weird texture, less
than no taste) and the sauce tasted like it came from a can. The
noodles themselves weren't bad. I was so hoping that I would get an
experience similar to the one I had i Italy at a random wine bistro in
Venice when I had the best lasagna I had ever eaten in my life (the meat
sauce made me swoon and fresh sheets of pasta made me swoon). Alas we
were not in Italy but Rockville.
I must admit that the desserts at Lemoncello blew me away. They really know how to do a cannolli-that marscapone cheese was FRESH and delicious. The chocolate souffle filled with chocolate sauce (which btw is not really a chocolate souffle-it is really a chocolate lava cake but heck they can call it whatever they want as long as I get to eat it) which came with a side of icecream and fresh berries. Mmmm. I would def return for some dessert but the rest of the meal I could forego.