If you happen to be staying at the Davidson Village Inn there are several dining options that you can walk to. Il Bosco is one of them and it was our choice on a Monday evening in January.
We were the first ones in the restaurant at 5 p.m. when they opened and we were lucky enough to get Tarra, the daughter-in-law of the owner as our waitress. She is an amazing waitress, she explained everything in detail, could answer any questions that we had about the cheeses, the entrees and of course the wine.
We began our meal with an antipasti tray. You decided which cheeses, meats and accompaniments you want. We choose two cheeses, a wild boar salami and two sides, candied pecans and mixed olives. It arrive right after the warm crusty bread and white beans with olive oil.
Tarra had made cheese suggestions and I was very pleased with the choices. Saint Andre is a luscious creamy brie and the minionette was a harder more cheddar like option. The salami was excellent and not at all gamey as one might expect from wild boar.
We followed with a house salad which they happily split for us into two dishes. It is simple with a lemon vinaigrette topped with shaved parmesan and grape tomatoes. Light, simple and delicious.
For our main courses we opted for the smaller portions of the pappardelle Bolognese and the sweet potato gnocchi with Gorgonzola sauce. Al loved his pappardelle, no big heavy red sauce here, just meat and pasta. My gnocchi was sinfully rich and delicious. I could not quite finish even the smaller portion.
We were too full for dessert but three amazing homemade cookies found their way to our table and we of course did manage to fit them in. I had ordered a cappuccino in the beginning of my meal which I sipped throughout.
We loved Il Bosco. It is a little formal, not overly so but not shorts and flip flops more casual Friday work attire. Real cloth table cloths and napkins, wine service and top notch service. But of course, it was the high quality of the food that would bring us back and no doubt we will be back.
To read about our stay at the Davidson Village Inn follow this link.