Just got back from a birthday lunch at Del Posto. Gorgeous room. Wonderful service. Live piano playing Christmas standards, and Christmas decor all throughout. It felt very festive without seeming too stuffy.
Onto the food.
Started with amuse of:
- stracciatella, a roman egg drop soup that we could have eaten a bowlful of, wonderful parmesan flavor
- crispy saffron risotto with edible gold dusted on top, absolutely ridiculous presentation!
- puffy mortadella in pastella, a mini-bologna panini... or, rather, meat cream puff, as we dubbed it. My least favorite but not really bad.
Loved the whipped lardo and butter, piping hot bread, I had the herbed focaccia. The lardo just melted into the bread.
Started with the Carne Cruda (wagyu tartare) with Truffled Salsa, Parmigiano-Reggiano & Shaved Porcini. Very rich, fatty, a bit of watercress in there as well and capers I think. Incredibly rich. Delicious and decadent.
Husband had the lobster salad with Broccoli Rabe & Dried Orange. It was covered in an orange colored sauce that was described as spicy (there was additional pepper paste on the side for you to customize to your liking) but ended up less spicy (and a bit more bitter) than I'd expected. Huge chunks of lobster, cooked well. We inadvertently did a surf and turf for these two antipasti.
Then I had the pumpkin cappelacci with browned butter and sage. Really nice pumpkin flavor, not overshadows by the butter or sage. It was definitely more delicate than I'd expected, and refined. Four big raviolis, serve nicely al dente.
My husband's seared duck breast was great, too. Apician Spices, Savor alla Francescana & Lovage. Meaty, fatty skin, cooked medium rare, flavorful, two generously sized pieces. It was finished with a foie gras reduction, placed at the table, to make things even more ridiculous.
Palate cleanser of sour apricot ice cream over candied nuts with candied orange peel on top. Lovely and the flavors really changed as you ate this -- complex and layered.
Then they brought me a flourless chocolate cake with a candle and flowers on top and "Happy Birthday, Kathryn" written on the plate! A clever server intercepted husband while I was in the restroom and confirmed it was my birthday. Wonderful surprise! I chose to get it wrapped for later. (Good lord.)
For dessert, my husband chose the Spezzata di Castagne Warm Plum Macedonia, Crushed Chestnuts & Yogurt Gelato. Nice combinations of flavors and the cake had a good crumb to it. Very seasonal. But I liked mine more.
Mine was the Chocolate ricotta tortino with Sicilian Pistachios & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Gelato. Loved how they drizzled the olive oil on top at the table. Tasted like a dark, rich, perfect Ho Ho rolled in lovely green pistachios, but the best pistachios ever?
The petit fours were too much almost.
- warm bomboloni with orange cream, husbands's favorite
- polenta tart with raisins and apples, I didn't really get the corn part until the end
- olive oil gelato pop covered in chocolate rolled in sugared almonds, wonderful
- chocolate and pistachio covered honeycomb, not what I expected as it tasted super smoky, but I really liked it
- candied grapefruit dipped in Amaretti crumbs, gorgeous red color/presentation
- caramel wrapped in edible paper, couldn't quite place the other flavors in the caramel
At this point I started getting a little woozy. And then they presented me with bonbons to go. Good lord! Right now both the chocolate cake AND bonbons are sitting in my fridge.
They sure know how to treat you right!
Before tip it was about $90 (no wine, and the $90 includes the supplements for the beef tartare and lobster), and felt like a steal, given all the extras they gave us.
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