Barolo Ristorante: An affair in lighting and gnocchi

Candles at Barolo. Photo by .scarlet. on [Flickr]

Last night I finally ventured over to visit a friend of mine who works at Barolo. The bar’s location on Westlake and Sixth Avenue makes it sort of an obscure destination…it’s not necessarily downtown, not Capitol Hill, not Belltown. It’s definitely a bar that I had to make an effort to go to, but it was well worth it. If you get a chance, you should make the effort too.

Barolo is classy, swanky L.A. It feels very “seen and be seen,” but not in an obnoxious way. (Although, I wouldn’t recommend showing up in jeans and a T-shirt.) The atmosphere made me want to just, well, sigh in satisfaction. It was twinkly, dreamy, shiny crystal chandelier lighting, white tablecloths and rich woods. I was, actually, quite surprised at the amount of people that were packed into it on a Thursday night. I would not have found a seat at the bar if it weren’t for my friends who had a couple already. And even still, the four of us were doing the three-chair shuffle all night because it stayed consistently busy. Seems that this barely one-year-old bar and ristorante is making a name for itself.

While I didn’t get a chance to really dive into the menu, I did get a peek and some tastes from a couple dishes my friends ordered, and they were fantastic. I was especially impressed with the house-made gnocchi. Up until last night, I have not been a gnocchi fan. The two or three times I’ve had it, it’s been nothing more than firm and bland little nuggets that were often cold. Barolo’s house-made gnocchi with fresh mozzarella, basil and fresh tomato sauce ($16), however, has left me dying to go back for more. “It’s like a yummy, cheesy, melty, cheesy tater tot!” my friend exclaimed. Well, not really. But, it was a light, puffy and decedent little potato dumpling that was very flavorful. I fought off the urge to consume the entire bowl, which was not mine.

Final verdict: I will most definitely be going back to check out their happy hour, which offers half price appetizers, $3.50 glasses of wine and $14 (!!) bottles of wine. Or, you know, to get my own bowl of gnocchi.

1 Comment so far

  1. joshua (unregistered) on November 10th, 2007 @ 2:39 am

    Barolo is only cool because of the super hot bartenders!!!!!!

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