Last night we had a few friends in town and we wanted to take them some place nice, so we headed to Terroni. The restaurant is inside a historic former bank on Spring Street. It’s a great space. We were seated in the main dining room and greeted by our server, Greg. Let’s talk about Greg for a moment. He was so attractive. In fact, most of the staff at Terroni is attractive.
Okay, let’s talk about the food. Terroni specializes in traditional Southern Italian cuisine. They have a very strict menu policy, no modifications and no substitutions. They do this to respect their classic Italian family recipes.
We started with a round of drinks. We tried a few of their signature cocktails, the Martinez ($12) and the Spaniard ($12). They were good, but nothing to rave about.
We started with the Piatto a Stutare ($17) for the table. It was a platter of prosciutto, burrata cheese, grilled fresh artichokes with mint and extra-virgin olive oil. It was the perfect appetizer for 4 people.
We decided we were going to order several dishes and share them among us. First up was the Barbabietole salad ($16). It’s arugula, beets and goat cheese topped with pistachios, balsamic vinegar and extra-virgin olive oil. Next came the Caprese con Mozzarella di Bufala ($18). It’s tomatoes and buffalo mozzarella with fresh basil, arugola and extra-virgin olive oil. Both of these dishes were healthy choices that were full of clean flavors.
You can’t go to Terroni and not order a pizza. We got the Affitisciuta ($17). It’s tomato, mozzarella, smoked scamorza cheese and homemade spicy Italian sausage. They don’t cut your pizza at Terroni. They say this has something to do with preserving it’s integrity and to keep it hot. I don’t get it. It has to be cut anyway, so why can’t they just do it?
We wanted a pasta dish but there were so many choices we just asked Greg (hot waiter) to recommend one. He chose the Capunti al Ragu d’Agnello ($20). It was capunti pasta with slow cooked lamb ragu and parmigiano shavings. It was not something we would have ever ordered, but it was good.
Terroni as great food, but even better desserts. We finished with the cannoli ($9) and panna cotta ($9). Both of these desserts are amazing, a perfect ending to a great meal.
Terroni 802 So. Spring Street (at 8th Street) 323.954.0300