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Restaurant Review: Fresco

Full Disclosure: I paid for this meal with my own money and the opinions are completely my own.

This week was Restaurant Week in Madison! I love restaurant week because it is an easy way to try new restaurants at a pretty reasonable price – just $25 for a three course meal!  I was able to go to two different Restaurant Week dinners this time around!  First up: Fresco.  If you aren’t familiar, Fresco is the restaurant that is located on the top floor of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. I was joined for dinner by fellow Madison bloggers Sarah and Katherine.

If you aren’t familiar with Madison Restaurant Week, it is a week (ok, actually six days) where many restaurants in Madison have a special menu of three course meals for $25 per person.  Each meal includes an appetizer, entree, and dessert.

To start, I had a glass of red wine (I don’t remember what variety it was).

Fresco Wine

There was also bread that came with the meal.  Delicious bread.  The photo below is 3 pieces (one for each of us) not just my serving.  Good thing there wasn’t more because I would have eaten it all!

Fresco Bread

For my appetizer, I chose the Farmers Market Salad which included mixed greens, seasonal market vegetables, shevre, and a house made balsamic vinaigrette.  It was very fresh and delicious!

Fresco Salad

The other two ladies got the Wild Mushroom Risotto Cake, which they both enjoyed.  I tried a bite of one and it was pretty good, I am not a fan of cooked mushrooms but the rice was delicious!

For my entree I had the Ricotta Cheese Gnocchi which was handmade ricotta gnocchi, seasonal vegetables, brown butter herb creme.  It was SO GOOD.  The gnocchi was soft, the vegetables tasted very fresh, and the creme sauce was light. It was everything I hoped it would be.

Fresco Gnocchi

Sarah also got the gnocchi, but Katherine got the chicken, and that looked pretty good too!

For dessert I got the Strawberry Basil Panna Cotta with Pistachio Biscotti.  This was definitely my least favorite part of the meal.   Its not that it was bad, it just was pretty bland and boring compared to the rest of the meal.

Fresco Panna Cotta

Katherine had the Citrus Cheesecake and let Sarah and I have a bite.  It was definitely tastier than the panna cotta.  Very fresh and light.

Even though the dessert was definitely not my favorite, the meal was still delicious.  My fellow blogger ladies were great company too. 🙂  The service was great and the atmosphere was slightly upscale but still relaxed.

Taste: A, delicious, fresh, food.
Cost:  A, the meal was definitely worth $25 (plus wine) that I paid.

Would I go there again? Yeah I think so.  From what I hear their menu changes fairly often since they concentrate on fresh, local, ingredients.  Even though that means they may not always have my favorite thing on the menu, that also means they might have a fresh, new favorite! Not to mention the views and the atmosphere are pretty fantastic as well.

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