Bolognese @ Wine Country Trattoria

Price: $19.00

When: October 9, 2016, 1:20 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Not recommended

Our last visit to Wine Country Trattoria was very positive: between the Lasagna Rustica and the Shrimp Scampi, both Elaine and I came away happy, satisfied, and feeling like we had a great meal.

Today, we’re back. We’ve got Chris with us. And we’re circling the menu, trying to figure out what to order. Given how good everything was last time, we’re feeling bulletproof. The options seem inviting, engaging. What shall we try next?

I go for straightforward Italian fare: the Bolognese. Spaghetti, red meat sauce, some shaved cheese. Couldn’t be simpler.

(sigh)

To be clear, there’s nothing spectacularly wrong with this dish. It’s fine. It’s basic spaghetti, and basic sauce. But that’s the problem. It tastes like something I could easily make at home, on my own, straight out of a box or a jar.

There’s no lift in the tomato sauce, no spice in the meat. The spaghetti is totally generic. Everything is prepared to a very, very, very basic level of taste.

Compared to, say, the Lasagna Rustica, this is a snoozer. That dish was a surprising (and delicious) take on a classic. By comparison, the Bolognese feels phoned in. Lazy. There’s nothing that makes me want to order it again. It needs a little more love, a little more care. Right now, it’s meh all the way down.

Not recommended.