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JJL's dinner at La Ciccia

j.jessica.lee | | Mar 13, 2010 01:33 PM

May I just rave a little about La Ciccia?

My friends and I had the most fantastic meal at La Ciccia tonight. We had the special burrata appetizer as well as the baby octopus stew appetizer. The burrata was so rich in flavor and the texture was so creamy yet with a little chew. The octopus were some of the most tender I've ever had and the tomato stew it was cooked in was so hearty and full. Great way to begin the meal.

We got three pasta dishes: spaghetti with bottarga, a special fresh linguini with squid ink and mixed seafood, and the malloreddus with pork ragu. They were spectacular, each one. I have had a lot of great Italian food in New York and this definitely equals, if not surpasses anything I've had there and definitely comes very close to the food I had while in Italy. The spaghetti was cooked to the perfect point of al dente and the bottarga's brininess was fantastic yet Massimo was able to also draw out the creaminess at the same time. The special squid ink linguini was so sensuous and full and such a great contrast to the bottarga pasta. The sauce looked almost sludgy and the only thing I have seen that looks like that is the Korean noodle dish - jja jang myun. I normally don't like meat sauces, but the malloreddus with pork sugo was just amazing. The pasta was once again cooked perfectly and the flavor of the sauce was rich and created a velvety and luxurious mouthfeel, yet without overpowering and it let the pasta shine through. Just wonderful.

We also shared the lamb with sapa main course which was cooked a nice medium rare. One of the center pieces was a little too rare, but I'd rather that than the other way around.

We also got the selection of gelati: fig, olive oil, and something with raisins. They also sent out the semifreddo with almonds and quince sapa on the house and that was REALLY delicious.

All in all a FANTASTIC dinner. I loved it so much that I am considering bringing my colleagues and our host/benefactor back here for our special dinner. Am I crazy to repeat? Is a meal at Aziza likely to equally blow me away or should I bring my colleagues back here? What do you think, Chowhounds??? Thank you for such a great recommendation!

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