Monday, December 26, 2011

Special Dining Report: Bocconcini Italian Eatery

Bocconcini Italian Eatery

4811 East Central
Wichita, KS 67208
Ph: 316.613.2523
Website: http://www.360wichita.com/Restaurants/Italian/BocconciniItalianEatery.html
Menu: http://forms.360wichita.com/94935/Bocconcini.pdf

Over the holiday break, I was looking to grab some lunch at Bocconcini. I've heard pretty good things about the place and notice its steady run of patrons if I'm ever driving by. So on Friday afternoon, my buddy, Brandon and I stopped in to check the place out.

When we arrived the place was busy. Nearly every table was packed except for a couple two-tops with flowers on them. It was quite romantic (totally kidding!). We sat and were immediately greeted by our server who brought us out our waters.

It took us a while to figure out what we wanted, there were many items on the menu that sounded really good. I almost said "looked" but realized that there weren't pictures on the menu.

In the meantime, we both went with their soup of the day which was a potato soup and leek with bits of bacon and parsley. Pretty good stuff. We devoured the bowl quickly, probably because we were both very hungry.

The Soup of the Day
We finally decided on our lunch. Brandon went with the Pasta Fresca (penne pasta with fresh spinach, roma tomatoes, roasted garlic, and thinly sliced red onion tossed in balsamic, olive oil and white wine - $8). At the suggestion of a previous dining guest of mine, I went with the Salmon P.L.T (grilled salmon filet, pancetta, lettuce, and tomato with garlic mayo on French bread, came with garlic fries - $8)

Salmon P.L.T. with garlic fries
My Salmon P.L.T. was very delicious. The salmon had a really good flavor to it and wasn't accompanied by a super fishy taste to it. When my server brought the fries out, I asked for some dipping sauce like ketchup or something. He said since the fries are made with oil and garlic they have great flavor to them and wouldn't need a dipping sauce but he could bring some out if I wanted. After a couple bites of the fries, it had a unique taste that was good but was still dry. Definitely could have used some dipping sauce.

Brandon liked his Pasta Fresca. He said it wasn't your typical pasta meal. The sauce was runny but in a good way. He liked the balsamic type dressing on the pasta and mentioned it wasn't something he's had before on pasta. He would order it again or recommend it.

Pasta Fresca
The service was great. Our server noticed the both of us in Shockers gear and was quick to make a comment about them even though it was clear to see he didn't know much about them. A for effort though. At least he didn't make some comment like "I like KU basketball more" (true story!). Waters were always refilled. With as busy as the place was, we still received our food promptly.

My only gripe was one minor detail and it's something other servers do. They will say "Our deserts today are such and such and such, when one should I bring you?" or "We have ice tea, Pepsi products, which one would you like?". It comes off kind of pushy. Kind of a minor pet peeve or annoyance of mine. Others may feel differently but being a former server I just like the "Did anybody save any room for desert today" or "Would anybody like to hear about our deserts?". That's all.

Overall, we both liked Bocconcini. There are other items on their menu I would really like to try sometime but I recommend it. Give it a try if you're in the area. It's located over at Central and Oliver at the southeast corner.

Plenty more blogs to come out before Project Minimum Salary starts in less than a week's time! Stay tuned!

3 comments:

Lisa said...

When I was a server we were required to take drink orders starting with some version of "we serve Coke products - can I bring you one of those, or an iced tea, or something from the bar?" - of course it's pushy. They're trying to make sales so they can make more tips, or as you would say... straight cash homie.

Anonymous said...

If you're too cheap to get a dedicated website, you're probably not going to make it. 360wichita.com - are you kidding?

Same goes for decent eateries that don't get permanent signage. Metro Grill in Andover still has the same crappy vinyl sign hanging down in the front of the place by some nylon twine. Very classy.

I know not everyone is a techie or lives on the internet like some of us, but not having a decent website in this day and age is embarrasing.

Anonymous said...

Note to the "Street-Address-Impaired" ... This is in the building that formerly was Sugar Sisters Bakery (which should have made it after they started serving those wonderful burgers!).

It's a nice, bright dining room, with lots of windows.