On The Way Home
Last week we were on the way home from a ‘Tweetup’ (a gathering of people who connect on Twitter) and decided to stop into UVA Wine Bar for some dinner. UVA is located in the Moda Hotel on Seymour across the street from the Orpheum and id addition to a 10-15 seat bar has table seating for about 20 guests. Also in the hotel is Cibo Trattoria. UVA is a wine Bar by night and a true Italian Espresso Bar by day.
UVA at Night
We first set out to select some wine. And while there was a very large bottle selection there were actually fewer wines by the glass than we anticipated. However, the option of a 3oz pour allows for ease of trying several varieties. We both chose the 2008 Joie Rose (Okanagan Valley) to accompany our ‘arancini’ which were crispy risotto balls w mozzarella, lemon and basil. The risotto was both salty and lemony and was lightly fried, but not overdone. We then chose 3 options from the 12 or so bruschetta choices. The first two ricotta, lemon, chili & herb and slow cooked leek & pancetta were delicious. The third, roasted garlic and lardo, was served quite a while after the first two and the bread was overdone making the whole piece ‘crouton-like’ as opposed to grilled and much too crunchy to taste or enjoy the flavors. We paired the bruschetta with a glass of 2008 Desert Hills Gamay (Okanagan Valley).
Desert at UVA
While the restaurant is not very big and the guests at the bar seemed to be taken care of by the bartender our server did seem to have trouble keeping up. After getting his attention that we were ready for another round, Jeff ordered another glass of the Gamay and Tara a Blueberry Tea (her favorite). The final course options at UVA consist of more cheese than sweet offerings which was great by us. We tried the very unique Parmigiano Reggiano, Pear and Mustardo. Accompanying the large portion of cheese were pears in mustard oil. The spiciness of the oil (think wasabi or horseradish) was a great pairing to the saltiness of the cheese. Yes, it was different but it was very good!
Being that we are both a bit picky on the food front there was not enough items to bring us back very often. However, it is a good spot for us to stop for a glass of wine and to dine once a year. If we were looking for a place for out of town guests we would choose Judas Goat over UVA for this type of dining experience.