A Preview at the Pomodoro, Sherman Oaks

A Preview at the Pomodoro
Sherman Oaks, CA


Under the caring eyes and mostly deft touches of Chef Jeffrey and General Manager Michael Cronin, the Sherman Oaks Pomodoro on Ventura Boulevard presented a preview of coming attractions at Special Dinners held every six weeks. Twenty-six attentive foodies gathered together one Tuesday, to sample the five course dinner of dishes about to be added to their rather extensive menu. At twenty dollars, including a glass of wine, one could say this was a huge success. Almost!

Chef Jeff began the evening with a welcome and a demonstration of his ravioli from its inception While this was going on, we dipped into our first course: roasted butternut squash soup; a thick blend of squash, butter and cream, quite tasty. As the filling for the Chef's ravioli was being prepared, the second course of a creamy risotto, including mussels, clams, calamari and shrimp was presented. All I can say is that I will come back to Pomodoro for more of this delicious dish. While the Chef's ravioli was receiving its finishing touches, a dish of spinach, ricotta and artichoke ravioli in tomato sauce was served as the third course. T'was O.K., but the wrapping was a bit tough, the filling quite tasty. It was the fourth course, the Maiale Gorgonzola – the pork chop with gorgonzola cream sauce – that caused Jeff to receive the "Mostly" appellation, for this chop was so overcooked as to be tough and tasteless. Its accompanying spinach was truly delicious. As I looked around, quite a few other people agreed with me, leaving their chops mostly uneaten. The Chef's "Special" ravioli was cooked and served.

Pumpkin Gelato over whipped cream closed out this bargain dining experience.  All these dishes are intended to be added to their new menu. For my part, they can definitely omit the pork chop. Keep in touch for these dinners are held every six weeks. All in all, the evening was a huge success.

Pomodoro Café, 14622 Ventura Blvd., Sherman Oaks CA 91403, Tel. 818-501-7400, Special Dinners include one glass of wine – $20. For more information, visit www.pastapomodoro.com