Tinto – City Paper

City Paper reviews Tinto and although they find plenty to gripe about the decor, it’s all compliments when it comes to the food.

Tinto is not just about faithful renditions. The menu frequently pushes into creative territory with some more inventive concoctions. Three skewers of lamb loin and eggplant are wrapped in bacon and served in tall shot glasses full of sweet onion cream and sherry jus. The sauces meld so succulently that you might find yourself wishing it had come in an imperial pint glass, yet the meat’s distinctive flavor doesn’t get lost at all. Back on the seafood side of things, shirred eggs are loaded with lobster and asparagus and drizzled with an oyster cream that’s brightened with the clean, clear taste of cava, Spain’s sparkling wine.

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  • Perry

    I disagree with the comments on the atmosphere. I ate at Tinto Tuesday night and commented that while it’s a small space I felt like I was having a private dinner. We were at a tall table near the wait station, which to me would be a busy area, but nothing even phased me. I thought the wine racks gave off the intended purpose and while I didn’t go downstairs, I did overhear a couple leaving saying how they enjoyed it down there. It wasn’t necessarily a “downstairs is better than upstairs,” but you get the picture.

    The service was amazing and could have helped contribute to that. My table was never cluttered, the staff was never overbearing (didn’t make any unecessary trips to the table). The staff was also extremely knowledgable of the menu and ingredients. Regardless of the reasoning, or one’s opinion, don’t let this keep you from visting. It was really a fantastic experience.