I have an obsession with The New York Times 's Vows section on weekends.
This one is very similar to my another passion with Obituary section, but happier one. Of course, these people are completely unknown to me. However, that very fact makes everything more romantic, doesn't it?
Last weekends, when reading another couple's pinky story on wedding, for the first time, I noticed the name of the bride; Donatella Arpaia. Is this that chef from Donatella and Mia Dona? I read on, and yes, it was her. What a cute story, but I will save their Sherlock Holmes-like love story for you to read.
That reminded me of my late visit to Mia Dona, apparently, I forgot to blog. I've heard about her mighty meatball cart during lunch, saw the long line, good anticipation was built, then reservation was made.
Bread arrived with a heavy iron skillet. Simple italian bread was so-so, and the pound cake like bread was unnecessarily sweet and stale.
Olive oil was fresh, but salt and pepper sprinkled on the top was even more refreshing.
We opted a lunch pre-fixe for $24.07 which came with Lobster Bisque, Grilled Hanger Steak, and Zeppole. Also, added a few more items to our lunch. Here we go.
Lobster Bisque with focaccia croutons was above the average, but salty. Creamy, tomato based soup was comforting, but just too salty to continue to savor.
Mama Maria's Meatballs ($10) met my expectation. We chose a spicy one, and it was the subtle spicy-ness that enhanced the whole meatball experience. It was juicy, soft, and melting.
Grilled Hanger Steak was topped with watercress and pickled onion salad. Sweet and sour taste excelled our appetite. Meat was well cooked and the portion was good.
Cavatelli with Rock Shrimp ($17) was overall good, but not memorable. Not quite sure where that bland taste is rooted...
Zeppole with lemon cream was the highlight of the day. Toasty, sugary mini donuts dipped into creamy, but airy, lemony cream was delightful.
I wouldn't say our dining experience was rocking, but it was satisfying, and I'm planning to go back for meatballs. This time, it will be all about meatballs.