Creamy Polenta with truffled mushrooms – Fantastic! creamy and light polenta with those savory mushrooms took me back to Enoteca Valpolicella in Italy’s Valpolicella wine country. I was counting the blessings of being married to a family that did not like mushrooms which includes my wife, her sister and her mom.
Cavatelli Capretto – Melt in your mouth, juicy tender Capretto. Some in our party claimed this was their favorite.
Rabbit Agnolotti – This was a personal favorite. Nice perfectly cooked rabbit in those pillowy delicate mini raviolis bursting with flavor. Couldnt get enough of this.
Spaghetti with tomato & basil – This is one of Scott Conant’s signatures and the most famous Spaghetti with red sauce dish in NYC. Homemade fresh pasta with the most amazing tomato sauce I ever tasted. Another one I couldnt get enough of. Reminded me of a simple pasta I had once in Varenna.
Duck & Foie Gras Ravioli with marsala reduction – Spectacular looking and spectacular tasting. All kinds of nice contrasting flavors packed in this one. Another must
We could have stopped right there but we didnt. What followed was a much less memorable cod, and a finish of an odd coconut Panna Cotta which had a soupy texture that I did not care for. The Hummus Whisperer had the Sheep’s milk Ricotta from Lazio with honey which seemed like a better choice
Generally I favor the places that have a signature dish like the Spaghetti in this case. But I especially favor places that offer many other options that are equally as good. The experience was less perfect for my wife and her sister who will be quick to note the cramped space (for the 8 of us) and less than stellar service. And normally I would be quick to note the same. But when you are in one of those moments, any flaws are not only quickly forgotten, they get ridiculed