The menu is quite limiting, but in a way that I prefer. At such a little place you hope that by focusing on a few things that they will be able to do those few things quite well– and Maple did not disappoint in the least bit. In fact, I would say Maple exceeded our expectations by delivering a beautiful dinner in a lovely atmosphere which allowed us to linger for a few hours while enjoying our bottle of Rosè. To start, Maple offers a selection of bruschettas (2 for $5.50 and 4 for $10) so we decided to go for the four and try one with asparagus, shaved Parmesan, and truffle oil, one with white anchovy and cannellini beans, and two Proscuitto de Parma with fig spread and Gorgonzola cheese. These were delicious and simple. I especially loved the flavors in the mixture of the cannellini beans and the anchovy on top provided just the right amount of salt to the bite.
The main courses offered at Maple include a list of paninis and a few pasta dishes as they specialize in modern American fare with Italian influence. However, we saw the pastas arrive at the table next to us and knew that we had to order them. I decided on the gnocchi with basil pesto and Alejandra went for the tagliatelle with lamb ragu. The portion sizes were just the right size; plentiful but not over the top, and both dishes just oozed with wonderful flavor and comforting Italian rusticity. We took our time to enjoy each bite, and before we knew it both of our plates had been completely wiped clean.
When we were told about the farmer’s market special dessert of the evening it was a no-brainer. Strawberry rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice cream? Yes, please. It was elegantly served in a small ramekin and I loved the sweetness of the fruit with the crumbly topping. It was a delicious end to a wonderful evening.
Excellent meal. Lovely atmosphere. What a little gem Maple is. I can’t wait to go back.