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Bostonians ate well at Red Cat, Po, and Marinella (long)

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Bostonians ate well at Red Cat, Po, and Marinella (long)

A&B | Feb 19, 2003 10:26 AM

Wanted to tell you about these three great dinners...Went to Red Cat on Saturday to celebrate Vday, and what a great meal! Had the baked pear with gorgonzola, raddiccio, & lardons to start. Skate on a bed of cucumber, tomato, caper, and peppers, diced tiny with a buttery/olive-oily dressing. Amazing. Each bite better than the last. Partner had double-thick pork chop with olive paste on top, in a sauce of onions and mushrooms, and some kind of wine (port?). THis was not as good as skate, but it may have rested after cooking and ended up cooking through more that we'd have liked. Had maple-flavored creme brulee, which was fantastic, with little apricot biscotti. And the waitress brought us two bitter chocolate truffles with the check! (which was about 150 for all the courses, two glasses of wine, and a 40$ bottle of wine).
At Po, we had the 40$ 6 course tasitng menu, which was also perfect, and so much food we couldn't finish it. 1st cucumber salad with capers, hard riccotta, red onions and parsley oil. Awesome crunch with soft, salty bites in between. Then a singular homemade pasta purse with very creamy cheese, fresh parsley, and green onions, and a buttery sauce. Then gnocci (also perfectly made, not too soft, not too tough) with bolognese which was tart in a great way, with small chunks of good meat throughout. Then, salmon on a tomato-olive sauce, lemony, med-rare, perfect. Three small cheeses next - tangy parm., soft and nutty teleggio and spicy goat cheese. Dessert was a tarte tartin with homemade vanilla gelato, delicious pastry. And a cup of fresh fruit including blood orange sections. Everything was so great!
Marinella was the least exciting but definitely worth checking out. Had artichoke ravioli which came with a tangy sauce that had fresh oyster mushrooms in it. Homemade pasta, great filling inside, a little tangy/sweet. Also had antipasto plates for the table of which we completely cleaned! This is a worthwhile place, and not too expensive.
Thanks NYC!

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