Tutto Kitchen and Bar is small restaurant that opened in Roswell late last fall. I visited Tutto for my birthday dinner recently. Located in “Restaurant Row” in downtown Roswell, I’m sure parking can be an issue on weekends, but luckily it was a weekday and we easily snagged a spot. Upon entering Tutto, you can’t help but notice the beautiful bar, which seems to be the focal point of the intimate restaurant.
You can’t miss the bartender slinging cocktails and on another evening I’d love to come back and sit at the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. This evening, I was in the mood for wine. Though there are 70 different wines by the glass and bottle combined, I stuck with the by the glass option. I sampled a couple different reds before picking one, though I felt the Zinfandel was average, it didn’t really knock my socks off. However, if I were Tutto, I’d remove the Monsanto Chianti from the list. It might be excellent, but the name is quite a turn off in my book.
For starters, the grilled Octopus in lemon and olive oil sounded especially appealing and my husband chose the Beef Short Rib Ragu with Polenta Cakes (see both at the top of this page). They came out so quickly (what seemed like minutes of placing the order), I was a bit disappointed for a couple reasons. 1.) How freshly made were these dishes? 2.) It was my birthday and I wasn’t in a hurry – I wanted to relax and enjoy a leisurely dinner.
I was pleasantly surprised. The Octopus, a terrific start to the meal, was firm yet not rubbery or tough and the little seasoning was the perfect way to prepare this seafood. But the Beef Short Rib with Fontina polenta was the winner, hands down. The short rib ragu and polenta are a match made in heaven. I wouldn’t miss this dish if I were you. In fact, it would make for a light and inexpensive meal ($11).
I was torn between the Scallops with white truffle risotto and fig balsamic reduction and the Lamb Shank for my entree, but when my husband ordered seafood (Trout), I figured I go with the shank, but did ask them to sub risotto for polenta as I wanted to taste the rice dish. Tutto’s Trout comes with white beans, mushrooms and an “Italian salsa.” The two pieces are a generous portion and nicely done. They are sure to please any fish lover.
Lamb definitely has a distinctive taste and most people either love it or hate it. While I’m in the first camp, have you noticed if lamb sits in the fridge for a couple days it takes on more gamey taste? I still like it but not as much as when it is first prepared. My lamb shank was a gorgeous presentation and meaty, but it did have the overly gamey taste. I enjoyed it but if I had a do over, I would order the Scallops. And the risotto? I think I got the a la carte Asiago risotto instead of the truffle one, because I really didn’t taste any truffle. It was average, but the polenta would have been a better match with the shank.
Service was friendly, if not a bit overzealous. Our server came over a handful of times within the first couple minutes of our being seated. Probably due to the fact that the restaurant was mostly empty. Surprisingly (at least for the burbs) Tutto has a later crowd, even on weeknights. By the time we were well into our meal the place had filled up.
Disclosure: This was a complimentary meal, but the opinions expressed are my own.
Tutto Kitchen and Bar website
942 Alpharetta Street
Roswell, GA 30075