I went to Po for dinner on Monday night - hadn't been in a while and wanted to check it out. We each ordered the tasting menu - 6 courses. Here's what I had and what I thought:
Prior to the beginning of the meal, we ate the toast with white bean spread. I love the white bean spread - so garlicky and olive oiley, a little much on the oil but it tasted so good I didn't really care.
Next we had a salad with chopped radicchio, herbed goat cheese, roasted red peppers, with small dollops of tomato paste - the paste was really nice, sort of sweet, it was a nice contrast to the freshness of the veggies. plus the goat cheese was really good and creamy.
Next was a raviolo I think it's called - a big pocket of ravioli stuffed with ricotta cheese, soaked in a butter parsley sauce. This was delicious, because the blend of sweet cheese and buttery sauce was wonderful.
Next was the gnocchi served in a chunky tomato sauce with fresh mozzerella. I was really excited about this dish and unfortunately, very disppointed. The gnocchi was tough and chewy on the outside, and I was actually deterred from finishing it (this is highly unusual, I generally polish off pasta dishes!!).
Next we had ordered the guinea hen. I had never really had this - I was expecting a chicken type dish and the server, who was really nice, said that the hen had a nice, crispy skin, which is what I was sold on. The hen arrived, and the skin was not crispy, but rather fatty as was the entire piece of meat. It was also chewy, although I did manage to salvage a few more tender, tasty pieces. But those were far and few between. Yikes.
The next plate had a redeeming quality. Three pieces of cheese, the first was a pecorino, which was sweet and nutty - perfect. I dont remember the names of the other two cheeses - one was a smelly, creamier cheese which was wonderful, and the last was a medium soft cheese, which was also sort of nutty.
The dessert selection included a chocolate brick smothered with caramel, which was very rich and tasty, and a cheesecake, which I did not try - too stuffed.
In sum, the meal was average; not as memorable as the first time I had experienced the tasting menu about a year ago.
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