Café de Vine
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Soups, salads, and daily specials. MCC.
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Nicola Palmieri, the owner and chief cook, presides over a menu of Italian regional specialties, including recipes from his father, who plied his trade at Caproni’s. Bolognese is hearty, the slow-braised goat and boar tender and infused with flavor, their polenta companion dreamy.
88 Carothers Rd., Newport, KY 41071 (859) 431-2900,
Yes, it’s another strip-mall Chinese joint, but the Thai, Hunan, and Szechuan specialties are very tasty. Chef specials. MCC.
12082 Montgomery Rd., Cincinnati, OH 45249 (513) 583-8897,
Owner Jason Shi seems to know everybody’s name as he chats up diners, guiding them through the extensive sushi and sashimi menu. Five young sushi chefs, all part of Shi’s family, work at light speed behind the bar, a choreography backlit by rows of gleaming liquor bottles.
The curries are delicious: yellow sweetened with coconut milk and poured over chicken breast and chunks of boiled pineapple; red curry with Thai basil leaves. Tom Kha Gai soup defines the complex interplay of flavors in Thai food. The chicken satay with Thai barbecue sauce is rough and honest.