Once it got close to our reservation time, we walked back from the harbor area back to Bencotto in Little Italy. When we arrived, we were told that it would be couple of minutes while our table was prepared. This was our first time eating at Bencotto and it was a good thing that I made reservations earlier in the week. Bencotto, along with many of the Little Italy restaurants looked busy and full from the outside.
We were taken upstairs and seated by the hostess. While we were looking through the menu, bread and olive oil were brought out for our table. I ordered a bottle of Pinot Grigio, and three appetizers to share. While waiting for the wine to arrive, I tasted some of the bread and olive oil brought to our table earlier. I have never had olive oil so fragrant as the one served at Bencotto before. The olive oil gave off a strong aroma of fresh cut grass. It is hard to explain but when the oil hit your tongue, the fresh taste plus the aroma of fresh cut grass that filled your smell senses combined to made it really addictive. It was so addictive, I bought a bottle of the oil before leaving the restaurant.
Once our server came back with the wine and everyone was served a glass, I ordered the main courses. I ordered the fettuccine and Bencotto’s giant tortellini for the three of us to share. Before the server left, we asked for a refill on the olive oil and vinegar. My parents were getting addicted to the olive oil just as I was.
Shortly after, our three appetizers arrived. First came the fried stuffed zucchini blossoms, followed by the riso fritto served with a side of meat sauce, and finally the burrata cheese served with shaved celery and fennel salad. All items were fresh and tasty, but my dad was especially intrigued by the flavor and taste of the burrata cheese. It is hard to choose one out of the three as my favorite, but the burrata beat out the other by a thin sliver.
Just as we were finishing up the appetizers, the two pasta dishes arrived. The fettuccine was cooked al dente, which I like, but my mom said she would have liked it cooked a little more. The tortellini, which is stuffed with a pumpkin mixture and served with creamy butter and sage sauce and topped with crunchy bacon was delicious! Out of the two pasta dishes, the unanimous consensus among the three of us, is the tortellini wins!
During the meal, the busboy constantly refilled our bread and olive oil. This made my mom happy since during the meal, she completely became addicted to the olive oil. The cost for a bottle of the olive oil was quite reasonable for something so aromatic, fresh and tasty, so I bought a bottle for my parents to take home with them. We were offered dessert, but had to pass so we would try out some of the restaurants specializing in dessert in Little Italy.
Make sure you make reservations, especially on the weekends. The food here is fresh and flavorful and the olive oil is a must try!
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