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Babbo: the "astoundingly good" and the "decently good"


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Babbo: the "astoundingly good" and the "decently good"

newsjoke | Jan 24, 2005 08:14 AM

I finally made it to Babbo last night (yes, I know, better late than never). As I was there with three other people, I was able to sample a fairly wide range of dishes.

The "Astoundingly Good"

1) The "Warm Lamb’s Tongue Vinaigrette": this dish took the longest to eat, as each tiny morsel (and there were a lot of them) was so rich and bursting with flavor that I wanted to savor them one at a time.

2) The "Grilled Octopus": melt-in-your-mouth delicious!

3) The "Stinging Nettle Pappardelle with Wild Boar Ragu": the most amazing "meat sauce" I've ever tasted!

4) The "Pistachio and Chocolate Semifreddo" dessert: wow!

The "Merely Decent"

1) The famed "Beef Cheek Ravioli": the problem here was not enough truffles (yes, I know how expensive they are!). Each time one matched a ravioli with a truffle sliver, the result was sublime. However, the ravioli on their own, while certainly not bad, were just okay.

2) The almost-as-famed "Goose Liver Ravioli with Balsamic Vinegar": the highly-reduced balsamic sauce was deliciously sweet on its own, but-- unlike the truffles in the dish above-- didn't really seem to "blend with and compliment" the flavors of the ravioli which, on their own, were-- again-- okay but not all that memorable.

3) "Linguini with clams": lots of pepper and salt, and not much else. A disappointment.

4) The "Barbecued Squab": tenderly cooked, but not very meaty. I have a feeling that this was probably a simply and perfectly prepared squab that I just didn't appreciate. I guess I'm a squab "liker" but not a squab "lover."

5) The braised beef: I didn't try this one, but one of my tablemates (a real beef lover) called it "okay, but not memorable."

6) A donut dessert: okay, but nothing special

The service was extremely efficient (if, perhaps, a bit "cold") with the exception of the sommelier, who was both efficient and extremely warm & friendly.

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