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Sunday, June 2, 2013

Restaurant Review: Due Venti (Clawson, Michigan)

I recently had an opportunity to try Due Venti in Clawson, Michigan with my good friend Anne. It is a wonderful restaurant with excellent food!

Due Venti is a small, quaint restaurant in downtown Clawson along Main St. Its atmosphere is very comfortable & warm. It's not loud and has good, soft Italian music playing in the background. The weather wasn't nice enough to sit outside, but they have a very nice patio as well.

Due Venti specializes in Northern Italian cuisine. Their menu is small, which usually means that the food is of the highest quality. And this is definitely true in this case!

We started with their Formaggio which consisted of assorted cheeses with wine soaked cherries & honeycomb. I don't recall exactly what the various cheeses were, but they were all outstanding. And when combined with the honeycomb, this made for a very good start to our dinner.

I had never eaten rabbit prior to visiting this restaurant. I asked our server what her favorite items on the menu were and she said that it was the Ragu di coniglio which is...a rabbit dish. Specifically, it is a light & fragrant ragu of Gunthorp Farms rabbit, fennel, carrots, raisins & wine served over delicate ribbons of crepes tossed in butter, thyme & orange zest finished with pecorino cheese studded with black truffle. I decided to give it a whirl and I was not disappointed. The flavor of the rabbit itself was not gamey at all and the mixture of all the ingredients on top of the pasta-like ribbons of crepes made this dish spectacular. Paired with the Pinot Grigio we ordered, I was not disappointed with my first ever dish containing rabbit!

My friend Anne got the Casunziei (handmade pillows of pasta filled with smoked ricotta & roasted beets, tossed in a spring-inspired sauce of butter, nettles & poppy seeds). She enjoyed it very much as well and I was able to sample it and I also thought it was quite tasty!

We finished off our dinner with dessert and we selected the Torta di limone (a layered torte of lemon-thyme sponge cake, lemon curd, & a light Italian buttercream;  accompanied by housemade dark chocolate sorbet and a drizzle of extra virgin olive oil). And this was definitely a good way to end dinner. I expected this to be a lighter type of dessert, but it actually had a bit more density to it and it was definitely yummy.

Due Venti is an excellent restaurant that I will definitely go to again.

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