Monday, March 26, 2012

A Trattoria One41 dinner with friends

We decided to dine out with friends at a local spot that we've enjoyed several times in the past: Trattoria One41 (Located on US 141/Medlock Bridge Rd). It anchors a strip shopping center corner, and therefore the outside isn't so impressive. However, once entering, you totally forget that your in a strip center in the burbs. It has lovely ambiance with lots of artwork, dark hardwood floors and white tablecloths.

9810 Medlock Bridge Rd # A
Duluth, GA 30097-2056
(770) 497-0021

A day picture of the outside.

Photo Credit: One41
Here are a couple of shots of the interior:

The bar area (to the left as you enter)

The main dining area

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Now onto the food!

The menu:
Antipasti for the table
Baked Eggplant Involtini, sheep ricotta, mozzarella, one•41 pomodoro
Homemade Italian Sausage, roasted peppers, cipollini onions
Baked Sweet Corn Polenta, roasted mushrooms, melted fontina cheese
Sautéed Calamari & Shrimp ‘Arrabbiata’, garlic, chilies, lemon
Steamed Mussels, garlic, pinot grigio, spicy tomatoe pomodoro
Crispy Aged Provolone, vine ripe tomato, oregano, cracked pepper, evoo
Grilled Long Stem Artichokes, pancetta, garlic, lemon
Assorted Italian Meats, cheeses, grapes, olives, etc. (serves 2)
Baby Arugula, shaved parmigiano reggiano, sweet corn polenta crouton
Mixed Lettuces, herbs, veggies, chick peas, ricotta salata, balsamic vin.
Chef Marc’s Caesar, romaine hearts, focaccia crouton crumbs, parmigiano with imported Italian white anchovies
Filet Mignon Carpaccio, arugula, capers, mustard aioli, parmigiano
Grilled Octopus, calabrian chilies, cucumber, red onion, preserved lemon
Thin Spaghetti, veal meatballs, one•41 pomodoro, basil, evoo, pecorino
Pasta ‘Ears’, italian sausage, broccoli rabe, garlic, chilies, evoo
Twisted Pasta, aglio e olio, chicken, asparagus, ricotta salata
Pasta Quills, homemade italian sausage, tomato cream ‘alla vodka
Thin Linguine and Clams, garlic, chiles, pinot grigio, italian parsley
Handmade Potato Dumplings, tomato cream, basil, mozzarella
Baked Porcini 'Quatro Formaggio', homemade Italian sausage ragu
‘Crazy’ Veal Bolognese Lasagna, béchamel, mozzarella, parmigiano
Braised Beef Short Rib Cannelloni, gorgonzola, béchamel, braising jus
Carne e Pesce
Parmigiano Crusted Lemon Sole, melted tomatoes, olives, capers
Tuscan Style Seafood Stew, today's fish, lobster, shrimp, scallop, mussels
Grilled Mediterranean Sea Bass, creamy corn risotto, asparagus, salmoriglio
Flordia Gulf Black Grouper ‘Francese’, sautéed garlicky spinach
Cape Sante
Pan Seared Sea Scallops, roasted mushrooms risotto, balsamic glaze
Grilled Lamb Chops, cannellini bean ragu, wild arugula, salmoriglio
Slow Braised Veal Shank, carnarolli risotto milanese, lemon gremolata
The Famous Pounded Veal Chop Parmigiana Or Ashland Farms Chicken ‘Parmigiana’
Grilled Veal Chop 'Valdostana', melted fontina, crispy prosciutto, artichokes
Pan Roasted Ashley Farms Chicken ‘Picatta’, sautéed garlicky spinach

To start the meal we chose a bottle of Malbec. I know, I know, it's not Italian. But I love Malbec and this particular choice I had had before and enjoyed.

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

One41 brings out a great starter - freshly baked bread with a warm marinara sauce topped with warm (and melting) fresh ricotta.

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

We decided to go with several appetizers. I HAD to have the beef carpaccio, as I'd had it in the past there and loved it.

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Others went with Eggplant Involtini and an arugula salad. The eggplant was amazing. It was thin slices of eggplant rolled with fresh ricotta and not fried. We were fighting over the last drop, and the picture shows one bite remaining.


Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Arugula Salad with polenta cake:

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

The beef carpaccio did not disappoint - crisp arugula centers the dish and sauteed capers make it really special. The arugula salad was a light and delicious palate cleanser before the main course. And on a side note - their caprese salad is very good. We've had it before and loved it.

Again, craving this dish from a previous visit, I HAD to have the Grouper Francese. It's delicious, and if you're a fan of capers (I am) and lemon, you'll be in love. It's also served on a bed of expertly sauteed spinach.

Here are a few pics:

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

And this one is a better shot off their website:

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

And we had not tried before, but we'll be getting this dish again - the beef short rib canneloni. Wow. What a wonderful combination of flavors salty, cheesy and GORGONZOLA.

Photo Credit: Cate Bogue

And I've included a better photograph from an AJC review:

Photo Credit: AJC

We also sampled the veal lasagna bolognese and the butternut squash ravioli but my pictures did not turn out well. We had had both dishes before and recommended them. The lasagna isn't served like typical lasagna you're used to seeing. It comes out spread over the plate and isn't slathered in mozzarella. It's very tasty. The ravioli also was very good. My only complaint is that it IS very rich. It's served in a brown butter sauce (which I love with skate wing) that ends up feeling too heavy for me after a few bites.

No room for dessert tonight after another fabulous meal at One41.

***A final note - the staff is just fabulous. Most are family, and they go out of their way to make you feel comfortable. Looking forward to my next visit already....

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