Classic Bruschetta @ Alfresco Tasting Terrace

Price: $8.00

When: June 3, 2017, 2:50 PM

Reservations: n/a

Verdict? Recommended

We’re big fans of the Alfresco Tasting Terrace, the small hideaway restaurant above Wine Country Trattoria. The Terrace is an oasis, a great place to get a glass of wine, an appetizer, and some time off your feet. Paul, Anna, Rafa and I are in need of some down time, so – here we are.

The Terrace has simplified its menu since our last visit. Gone are the Trio of Beef Tenderloin Sliders and a few other items. Instead, they’re offering three dishes: the Charcuterie and Cheese Board, Flatbread Two Ways, and Classic Bruschetta.

We’ve yet to try the Bruschetta. So: bring it on.

The plate arrives quickly. It’s five pieces of bread, each covered in tomato and basil, a drizzle of olive oil, and a few pieces of parmesan cheese. The plate is surprisingly warm. The aroma coming off the dish is amazing.

Everyone grabs a piece, and gets to work.

My first impression is … surprise. The bread is soft and chewy. It’s a different way to do bruschetta. It makes the dish easier to eat, and the flavor profile much, much less bready. Excellent.

The ingredients are terrific. The tomatoes and basil are fresh. They’re seasoned with salt and pepper. The olive oil and parmesan add flavor around the edges. The whole thing just pops. It makes me incredibly happy.

The rest of the table was a little less sold. Anna, for example, liked it fine, but wasn’t wowed. “I don’t know,” she said, “The tomatoes need … something. Maybe lemon?”

Your mileage may vary with this one, but I’d definitely order it again.