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Solea's Negroni ordered straight up is shaken and poured into a classic glass; no garnish

Solea’s Negroni ordered straight up is shaken and poured into a classic glass; no garnish

Befuddlement factor: 0
Presentation: 6
Drink: 5
Price: $8.56

Waltham, MA, USA, formerly the watch making capital of the US, now caters both to the entrepreneur/venture capital set and a diverse immigrant community.  Low rents have attracted a wide variety of interesting restaurants, so after a hard day of wooing VC’s, try a Negroni at Solea, a thriving Tapas restaurant with a nice contemporary ambiance.

We got excellent, knowledgeable service.  Unlike some establishments, we were asked whether we preferred our Negroni up or on the rocks; point.  The drink was well shaken; cold and poured nicely in a classic glass.  Unfortunately the experience was degraded by the fact that the Negroni was serviced without a garnish, and there was a noticeably harsh edge to the drink; likely from an inferior Gin (note: to ensure our ratings are fair we always allow the house to select the liquor brands).

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