My sister Martyann decided to order a pizza, and my mom, my sister Lindsay, and I opted to share a bunch of appetizers.
|Fresh bread and olive oil|
|Beef carpaccio - thinly sliced raw beef with capers, red onion, aioli, and shaved parmesan|
|Cheese platter with honey, dried cherries, and rhubarb mostarda|
|Bruschetta with roasted tomatoes and mozzarella|
|Baked crespelle (Italian crepe filled with braised beef, ricotta, and herbs)|
The only downfall to the meal was that Martyann ordered the four cheese pizza with black olives. When it came out, it was covered with purple olives. They didn't have black olives and just assumed they could replace them with another kind of olive. It's not safe to make that assumption when you're cooking for someone who only eats black olives. My sister would have just picked them off, but the brine from the olives was clearly seeping into and flavoring the rest of the pizza. We ended up asking them to just make her a cheese pizza, which finally arrived when the rest of us were done eating. Our waitress then charged us for the olives and had to go back and correct the check. At that point, two mistakes later, I would have expected them to just take the pizza off the bill. Luckily, the rest of our experience there was very pleasant.
All in all, The Corner Room proved an affordable, casual spot for well-prepared Italian food.
I realized that it's very hard for me to walk by Fore Street and not eat there, so I convinced my mom and sisters that we should go there for dessert. Unfortunately, the restaurant was packed, and we were not able to find seats and the wait looked pretty long. Luckily, though, a friendly waitress was able to help us order some desserts to go. I don't think Fore Street really advertises that you can get desserts to go (besides the chocolates), and they probably prefer not to do it because the desserts obviously won't look as good when they're not plated and not all of the components (like ice cream) can be packed up to go, but I was so happy they were able to accommodate us.
|Chocolate terrine with candied peanuts|
I'm not entirely sure this was what it was called -- just going by memory.
I think Fore Street is always worth a visit when one is in Portland, even if you can only get there for dessert.
Do you have a favorite restaurant in Portland, Maine?