Posto is a restaurant in Davis Square in Somerville. Friday night I had a date and was lucky enough to visit this new-to-me restaurant.
Right when my Uber driver dropped me off I was impressed. I loved the vibe. The floor to ceiling wine bar with the library-esque ladder to reach the bottles at the top was right up my alley. (This feature should definitely be a part of the Winebrary on Single Parents.) To the right is the wood-fired oven where they cook all the pizzas on the menu to perfection. I sat by the window, which normally I’d love, but the sun was coming right in at that time of day. Luckily it didn’t bother us for too long.
The drink menu is not too expansive, which I appreciate. You can decide on an interesting cocktail, beer, or wine. Seeing as I walked by the wine wall on the way in I knew I was going with wine. On a warmer evening I went for something chilled, a full-bodied rose. My only suggestion for almost all restaurants is to have an oaked chardonnay for us wine-lovers who prefer that buttery flavor over something floral and fruity. All in all, I like when restaurants stick to a handful of various drinks. It shows me that they know what they’re doing and only pick the best of the best. After all, the drinks are there to compliment the food, not distract you.
The menu is very simple as well, which I also LOVE. Restaurants that try to do everything overwhelm me and I am automatically suspicious. Posto focuses on pasta, pizza, and protein-based entrees (think fish, chicken, or meat). Each dish sounds so incredibly unique (and delicious) that you can likely go back multiple times, as my date admitted to doing, to try various entrees. I went with the gnocchi with braised beef short ribs and it did not disappoint. The portion of gnocchi was perfect. Has anyone ever eaten too much gnocchi and felt like they might explode? Just me? Well it ruins the entire experience. The flavor of this dish was what won me over. The braised beef flaked apart in the red wine sauce. Delicious.
For my appetizer I went with the beet salad, an interesting take on a salad. As someone who eats a salad for lunch almost every day, I truly appreciate a salad without greens. This salad was yellow and red beets with goat cheese and olive oil croutons. While I was nervous eating this dish while wearing white, I also had a hard time not licking the plate. Not only was the flavor incredible and fresh, but the aesthetic appeal was well-thought out. Round yellow beets with smaller squares of red beets and dollops of goat cheese.
It’s not always about the food when I go out to eat, it’s about the experience. Our waiter was patient, when my date and I had taken far too long to look at the menu and was available for questions. The tables were spaced out far enough that you didn’t feel like you were right on top of the people next to you. I felt like I could sit at that table and talk/eat for however long I wanted to, nobody rushed us and nothing made us want to leave.
Food rating: 5 out of 5
Ambiance rating: 5 out of 5
Date-night appropriate: heck yes
Price: Save for a special occasion or a date
Next time I’m going for a pizza because there is nothing better than wood fired! I also appreciate when pizzas are separated into white and red sauces. For they people who know me, you know I would go for the mushroom pizza without thinking twice, but the risotto pizza sounds so intriguing.