Befuddlement factor: 0
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).