We moved to Chatham a year ago and had avoided Rossini's due to the reviews we had read. But last night as we were passing by, we decided to give it a chance and are we glad we did.
First Impressions: Lots of Parking. As we entered the restaurant we were greeted by Pam and we told her that this was our first visit. She gave us a tour of the restaurant (much appreciated). It is large, but still has a very intimate feel to it. There are several rooms of various sizes for private parties. The lighting was dimmed just right for evening settings.
Menu: They have a large varied menu that covers pasta, steaks, seafood, Chicken and Veal. On the pricing side, I have found that Chatham seems to specialize in high priced Italian restaurants for some strange reason. We like to describe Chatham as home of the $30 plate of spaghetti which we have seen no where else in the world. Rossini's seems to follow this trend and is roughly 15% high on many entrees. The wine was reasonably priced although their selection is predominantly in the 0 sweetness range which is a little dry for whites.
Our Selection: I chose the veal dressed with proscuito, shrimp, sun-dried tomatoes and white cream sauce. My wife chose the coconut encrusted Chicken. We had the bacon wrapped scallops appetizer and included salads along with a bottle of White Tower (one of the rare "2" sweetness wines).
The foccacia bread they brought was excellent and we asked for oil and balsamic vinegar to dip in it which wasn't automatic, but as soon as I began to ask, the waitress knew exactly what our request was going to be and quickly brought it.
The wine went perfect with the scallops which were HUGE and perfectly done. I have never had the pleasure of scallops done so well as most overcook them or use small nickel sized scallops. These were large thick ones the size of a small child's fist. It was a great beginning.
I am a veal lover and pretty good at making it myself, but my first bite of the veal was a wave of sensuous tastes (yes, I'm French and we describe food this way). As I descibed it to Pam, it was one of those tastes that makes you "roll your eyes in to the back of your head and sign moments." The shrimp were large as well and extremely tasty. The pasta side was swimming in swimming in garlic and butter which is the way I like it.
My wife equally enjoyed her chicken and noted that the green beans were also perfectly cooked, maintaining their crispness. By the time we were finished, there was no room for the very tempting desserts.
The Staff: Pam was very cheerful and most gracious as our server. She is a longtime employee as is the chef which speaks very well for management and consistency which is often a problem at many restaurants.
The total bill came to $115 with tax and wine and with the quality of the food and service, we were very happy with. We will definitely revisit this restaurant for special moments.