Cocktail Hour: The Lackman Presents Piano Man
4 weeks ago
The snow had closed schools, malls, and even the Cheesecake Factory, but Trio was alive and kicking with a restaurant experience that warmed our hearts from the moment we stepped in from the cold, slick, and snowy streets.
Located across Kenwood Road from Kenwood Towne Centre, Trio is a posh destination for a lively bar crowd, fine dining, and superb service to boot. An upscale (read moderately expensive) Italian kitchen, this venue is a sure bet for perfect taste and timing with every dish.
We arrived for a 7:30pm reservation to find a nearly full-house and bar crowd enjoying a reprieve from the snow and ice that closed most other Cincy destinations hours earlier. Trio is a well decorated and surprisingly large restaurant with a staff that knows how to handle the numbers. With icy roads keeping several service staff at home, Trio's management made the decision to leave a handful of tables empty rather than let their service suffer.
Our server was friendly and knowledgeable, despite working a few extra tables to manage demand. And the food...oh, the food...was delicious. We had intended to keep to a fairly light dinner, but once we started we just couldn't put our forks down.
From a perfectly seared ahi tuna appetizer with a trio of creative sauces (get it? the name...) to the fresh seafood we couldn't help but devour, every dish was well presented and perfectly seasoned.
This is one of those places for a special occasion, an impressive date, or, for students, the place for the parents to treat!
I insisted on wearing nice shoes for our dinner date, in spite of the snow. I was gratified to find their parking lot and walks well cleared of the snow that continued to fall. Happily, it was only the first mark of the attention that Trio gives to their patrons and their food.
The hostesses immediately told us that due to the weather, the restaurant was under-staffed. I am not certain that we noticed a difference--our waiter passed by our table at least as frequently as I would expect at a somewhat upscale restaurant.
The food was outstanding. We were both starving, so we ordered an appetizer before deciding on the rest of our meal. The seared tuna (think sushi in slices, without the rice or seaweed) was the perfect start to our dinner. My piece of pecan-encrusted tilapia was huge, but that certainly did not stop me from finishing every bite. My date had the evening's special, a grouper with coconut milk rice, which he said was also great. Proof: he finished it without offering me a bite. Unfortunately, after inhaling our meals, we were so full that dessert was out of the question. Of course, judging by how good the rest of the meal was, I did consider it.
I am psyched that we found this restaurant (recommended by a friend who planned to go with her parents), and I'm looking forward to an occasion to return!