Voltaggio has got some Range
I got really lucky one Sunday night back in December. I contribute to a local paper, The Urbana Town Courier. The editor of said paper was invited to attend the opening press event/celebration of Bryan Voltaggio's newest restaurant. Something came up and she asked me to go in her place. WHAT?!?! Luckily I didn't have any plans for the very next day. Who am I kidding? I would have dropped just about anything to get a first taste of Range.
I have to admit, when I arrived I felt completely out of place. I was so nervous I knocked over a drink in front of the PR person who set the whole thing up (and remembered my name). Sigh. Thank goodness my nerves settled down as soon as I was seated with my first plate.
The first round included a sampling from the raw bar: lobster, stone crab, shrimp and oysters.
From there it was on to charcuterie and small samples of other menu items served by the newly christened waitstaff.
I was so impressed by the food, and that's a complete understatement. More importantly I was just as impressed upon a second visit. (A very intelligent friend of mine and Rob's had made reservations for the end of December as soon as they were available.)
I don't want to overwhelm you with all of the photos, so I made a complete album for you over on Facebook. (While you're there feel free to like the page, wink wink.) To read more about my initial thoughts, you can read the article I wrote for The Town Courier here.
Some of my favorite dishes were a tuna crudo, cheddar corn biscuits with pepper jelly, cheese sampler, venison, and ice cream of the apple, salted caramel and cinnamon varieties. This Voltaggio restaurant is a little bit of a journey (totally worth it though) for Fredericktonians like me, I guess we couldn't keep all of his restaurants here, but if you live closer to DC, there's no excuse good enough not to try this place.