Great dinner at 50 Carmine last week. Fans of Al Di La will appreciate this market driven homestyle Italian food.
Razor clams in a chili pepper broth. I don't remember ever having razor clams outside of an Asian restaurant. The broth was suitably spicy, the clams lay atop pieces of grilled bread that I used to sop up the broth.
Wilted escarole salad with warm anchovy dressing. This was the only dud of the evening. If I didn't know any better, I'd say we got an escarole salad slicked with olive oil. Not a single note of anchovy present. This one dish I was really looking forward to and was disappointed with the result.
[djk--I'd be interested on your take on this because it sounds to me like you really liked this dish]
Both out of this world.
I forget the exact name of it but basically it was called pasta with many cheeses. Like having pasta in a fondue sauce. If the weather ever gets cold, I'll be back for this again in a shot.
Pappardelle with wild boar sauce. She makes the pappardelle. The wild boar sauce we were told was prepared with "lots of wine and some rosemary."
Lamb with chanterelles. Usually this dish is served with artichokes but they were not available. Asimov was right, the lamb was almost muttony.
Panna cotta with I think a chestnut honey. I liked the consistency of the dessert, more whipped than I'm used to. But there was an orangey-citrus flavor that put me off. To my personal taste, I hate the presence of orange in anything.
Service was very professional. The place was bustling. Have no idea what Asimov was talking about with the decor. It's perfectly fine, like 100 other East/West Village Italians.