It’s been slow for the past week or so – I’ve been busy with school, a bit of traveling, and the like. Anyhow, last weekend S and I went to downtown Raleigh to see James Cameron’s Avatar in IMAX 3-D, and before the movie, we decided to have dinner at 518 West. Now, some of you guys are going to have to help me out here, but is 518 West related to 411 West on Franklin St at all? Just curious..
We shared a pizzette (9″), the beef tenderloin with mushrooms, romas, scallions, mozzarella, romano, and oregano, and drizzled with horseradish sauce. To be honest, there was so much stuff going on that all the flavors were a little lost on me.. especially the horseradish sauce. In fact, we thought it was mayonnaise for most of the evening, and it made the taste so heavy that I scraped it off after the first slice.
I also ordered an entree (not sure why, I suppose I didn’t realize how big the pizzette was), the Pork Loin Milanese, which is a breaded and fried pork cutlet served over mashed potatoes, with grilled vegetables. It reminded me a lot of the pork cutlet from Japanese-style fried pork cutlet, actually.. and it was fried very nicely. The mashed potatoes were not too memorable other than the fact that they were also very heavy.
All in all, I suppose I’ve come to realize that perhaps I’m a big fan of Italian food after all.. it’s just a bit on the heavy side for me. Or maybe this restaurant is just too heavy for me. I’m not sure which is the case. But overall, although I found that the taste of both dishes was good on the first couple of bites, by the end I it was too much for me.. I suppose I’m just not accustomed to such strong tastes? (Apologies to all the Italians out there.. I really hope I can get used to this one day, seriously. I know I am missing out.)