I was shocked to find that I actually liked the bacon at Eccolo more than Fatted Calf. It just had a richer pork flavor to it. I asked our server where it came from and she told me the pigs are from Iowa and the bacon is distributed by Bruce Sidell (sp? pronounced sigh-dell). She said their ham comes from Sidell as well, and it is some of the best ham I've ever had. I've spent a long time trying to find more about this mysterious Mr. Sidell, champion of cured pork, but my searches haven't turned up anything. I may have to return to Eccolo soon and badger my server for more details.
All the same, Eccolo's BLT doesn't hold a candle to Mrs. Mousse's, which features Quetzal dry farm tomatoes, Blue Heron little gems, thinly slice La Tercera red onions and an Alice's Green Goddess inspired avocado spread. Cook the bacon over the grill for bonus points.
NOPA cures their bacon in house, I'll have to try it on a return visit.
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