My family and friends have talked up Salute for years so we finally decided to go for dinner. Salute is 5 star service and dining at its finest that lives up to its wide range appeal. If you want to stop reading this review here all you need to know is that you must go...
I would definitely recommend making a reservation in advance. We made ours at 7 PM on a Friday and still waited approximately 15 minutes before we were seated. The host was impeccably dressed and very attentive to us as we waited. The restaurant itself is tastefully decorated very much in the high end Italian dining atmosphere. They have a mid-size bar, which was packed with patrons. Staff apologized to us multiple times for the wait, but once we were seated we were waited on hand and foot! The transition from each plate was seamless. As soon as we finished one dish our waitress immediately whisked our plates away and had our next plate ready.
We started off with the "Soon to be famous" garlic cheese bread. I hadn't had much to eat for most of the day and man did those cheesy garlicy carbs make my stomach smile. The bread was cheesy without being overtly greasy and filling so as to spoil one's appetite. We then had the steamed mussels. The mussels were super fresh and the portion was appropriately sized leaning on the generous side. The cream sauce was light and a little runny, but very tasty to the extent that we savored and consumed every last drop. I had the sidecar martini and my husband had the chai on fire martini, which features the Hartford Flavor Company's chair liquor...both were equally delicious. Salute also has an expansive wine menu selection in addition to their mixed drink offerings.
For entrees I had the pasta a la vodka and my husband had the chicken a la bella. Both pastas were cooked perfectly (slightly al dente) . The vodka sauce was mildly rich and creamy without being overbearing. The broccoli was a delicious addition and made the dish a delicious medley of textures. The chicken a la bella was bathed in a delicate mushroom cream sauce and the chicken was amazingly tender and flavorful. The portions were generous to the extent that we took leftovers home, but quite honestly our meal was so good I was also tempted to finish everything!
As we were leaving and putting our coats on the owner, Jimmy, approached us and asked us to stay for a complimentary dessert cocktail. He stated that he felt badly that we had to wait for our table (which really again wasn't that long) and really appreciated our business. I have never had this happen to me before, but wow we were so taken aback at his kind offer and obliged. This certainly speaks to the incredibly high standards that Salute adheres to and their quest to deliver the perfect dining experience each and every time.
Salute is located near the corner of Bushnell Park and is easily accessible from I-84. There is a parking garage right behind the restaurant and if you bring your parking ticket the host will discount your fare by 50%.
WE WILL MOST CERTAINLY BE BACK!
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