Grappa, so we made a reservation.
Though the night we arrived it was raining, we could still tell that Grappa's outdoor patio would be an absolute delight in the nice weather.
When the menus did arrive we went straight to the wine list. We'd all had hard days and were ready to really unwind and indulge.
Eventually she returned to the table and brought us a full loaf of garlic bread, hot out of the oven. It was amazing! There is no food smell that can compare to fresh garlic.
Somewhere between the first and second loaf of garlic bread we placed our order which included appetizers and entrees. From the time we sat down to the time our appetizers arrived an hour had passed. Yes, an hour. We were ravenous!
One of the girls started with the pasta fagoli soup. She said it actually tasted more like tomato sauce than soup broth. She felt it was way too thick and said she definitely would not order it again.
At the very end of the night, as she was clearing our plates, the one waitress confessed, "Thank you girls for your patience tonight. Our sous chef did not show up for work tonight and everything is made to order so the chef is back there by himself and I am up here by myself. It's not normally like this." While we were definitely irritated by how long we waited for every single element of this meal, we couldn't deny that the place was adorable and the food was exceptional.
If you live or work in Watertown, Grappa is absolutely worth a visit. Before you sit down, you may want to ask if the sous chef has decided to join for the evening.