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Spinasse Update

PAO | | Aug 7, 2011 01:05 AM

Went to Spinasse last night and had almost the perfect meal. I don't understand recent comments complaining about the place. Our very pleasant and knowledgeable waitress persuaded us to start with the antipasti tasting menu. A wise choice since we were having trouble deciding what to order. The dishes started off with an incredible zucchini and rice torta, browned nicely and well seasoned. I could have made a meal of it with a salad had the portion been larger. The chicory salad had bold flavors --just like my partner (the birthday boy)--likes. Excellent quality prosciutto was served with marinated peaches sprinkled with brown mustard seeds. Melon, of course, is the usual accompaniment, but I thought the peach was even better. I only wished there had been a little more peach to go with the rich prosciutto. Finishing off the antipasti platters was a green bean salad with egg and anchovy--yummy!

Spinasse is renowned for its handmade pasta and with good reason. I chose half servings of two different pastas. The goat & greens filled pasta consisted of almost paper thin pasta dough with "wings", filled with slightly gamey goat and a hint of greens. Unusual and delicious. The real star, though, was the pasta with fresh morels. Unbelievably tender morsels of pasta with morels-the real taste of spring (OK, I know it's August, but this year August feels like spring). Very rich, and absolutely scrumptious. May be the single most delicious pasta dish I'd ever had. My partner picked the rabbit meatballs wrapped in caul fat over polenta. These were out of this world--the caul evidently keeps the meatballs moist but disappears in the cooking process. A real winner. My partner's chocolate/hazelnut semifreddo was positively decadent. Alas, I'm dairy intolerant and every dessert on the menu had dairy so I had to content myself with some strawberry sorbet not listed on the menu.

Service was very professional. Other than the fact that we could hear what the next table was saying, the noise level wasn't bad by today's standards. The portion sizes were very good--large enough to be satisfying without leaving one bloated. The antipasti tasting platters are just enough to give you a reasonable taste without filling you up before getting to the main course.

Still thinking about the meal a day later and looking forward to returning as soon as possible. This will definitely be one of our go-to restaurants

Seattle, WA, Seattle, WA

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