Sunday, January 13, 2008

The Reserve

Last Monday night, the evening of the "BCS Chamionship" game, the two of us and a friend went to "The Reserve" at "Newport on the Levee". Previously, "The Reserve" had been at 4th and Race in Cincinnati. They moved to this location as they had very limited kitchen facilities in their previous facility, and were really only able to operate a bar, with some food service. The new space enables them to offer an array of food and beverages.
" The Reserve" is located at 1 Levee Way, Newport, KY 41071; Phone 859-431-7373. It is on the street level across the drive from Brio, there is valet parking, if it is desired. Reservations are probably a good idea on the weekend.
We were greeted by Michael Mastruserio, one of the owners. He was attentive and helpful and stoped by our table several times to see that all was going well.
The restaurant is mid-sized, with a good sized bar and probably 30 tables. The night we were there the dining area was sparely occupied with all age range, including two families with young children. The service was good as was the food and ambiance. When the football game came on about halfway thru our dinner, it became quite noisy, especially from the female Ohio State rooters at the bar. The game was in the first quarter, when we left, and I'm sure it calmed down after LSU scored.
As I mentioned the food was quite good and served at the proper temperature, depending on the dish. Besides my "Bombay", which I thought was slightly light, I had a salad and an excellent Vegetarian pasta with fresh asparagus, tomato's, scallions, red and yellow peppers and mushrooms. It had a light oil and garlic sauce and was served with plenty of cheese. Marilyn had very good Chicken Piccatta, with a nice light lemon and butter sauce, served on her choice of pasta. She also had a salad and her usual decaf. Our other party ordered excellently grilled shrimp, good sized, on "angle hair". She gave me a taste and I may order this on my next visit. Our dinners and beverages ran about $18 dollars each plus tip and tax.
The menu is by no means all Italian. One of their specialties, according to the owner, is "prime rib" and there are several offering of meat and seafood, as well as our selections.
We wish them well, and believe their new location should draw many more patrons than their previous spot; as it deserves.

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