Desco anyone?

We’ve never had dinner there - just drinks and snacks, and thought it worthy of a return for a full dinner. Comments?

I’ve been there a few times, solid choice for traditional Italian-Italian.

We went last night and had:
(1) Fried imported BUFALA mozzarella, pearl farro, cherry tomatoes, basil, taggiasca olives
(2) SPECK smoked prosciutto, sweet onion & gorgonzola (stretched pizza)
(3) TAGLIATA grilled NY steak, aromatic herbed oil, volcanic salt
(4) a warm chocolate cake dessert (not on the online menu)

We started with a terlano pinot bianco alto adige (2 glasses worth - you can order many wines by measure, not by glass or bottle), and then had a bottle of vietti barbera d’asti tre vigne piemonte The wines were very good.

Food overall was delicious. Server was delightful.

We shared everything, and it was plenty of food for 2 (in the satiated, not stuffed, department).

One of each of the six items on the happy-hour menu plus a second order of the arancini ($35 total). Clockwise from top left:

  • Capresina: imported bufala mozzarella & tomatoes; grilled house bread
  • Crostini Burro & Alici: Cetara anchovies, butter, bread crostini
  • Sottaceti: medley of house-pickled seasonal organic vegetables; house chips
  • Arancini: rice, oxtail sugo & grana padano
  • Focaccia
  • Salumi: assortment of artisan cold cuts & grilled house bread

Everything was great. Anchovies with butter (tasted cultured) were new to me and a great way to enjoy salty anchovies. Pickles were beets, zucchini, and I think lemon cucumber. Drank Kerner and rosato di Bardolino for $6 a glass.

Happy hour is 3-6 seven days a week.


Same people are opening another place in the former Advocate space in the Elmwood, maybe later this month.

Ouch. The hits keep on coming.