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Feast of the 7 Fishies in DC/Baltimore

Worldwide Diner | Dec 23, 201406:55 AM

Did anyone go for a feast of 7 fishes?

I went to Al Dente last week. 7 courses for $45 seems like bargain, and the menu appealed to me.

1. Baccala Mantecato - Venetian Style Whipped Salted Cod. I like salt cod, and I like the way the Venetians use it. So I only wish there was more than a dollop of baccala. The version here wasn't particularly salty or fishy - so maybe not quite the way you'd find it in a chicchetti bar in Venice.

2. Sautè di Vongole - clams with Garlic, white Wine, and burrata. Weird combo of cheese and seafood, and the clams were overcooked, although quite flavorful.

3. Cannellini Bean Soup with mussels. Not a fan of beans, so I just ate the perfectly cooked and tasty mussels.

4. Spaghetti alla Chittarra with anchovies. Simple pasta cooked al dente - reminds me of trips to Italy.

5. Ricotta Agnolotti with shrimp. Both pasta courses were on the salty side. We surmise it might've been the pasta water being heavily salted.

6. Fritto Misto di Pesce- shrimp, calamari, white Fish and veggies. Beats the crap out of capt'n's platters served at fancy waterfront restaurants. I wish they would put this on the regular menu.

7. Balsamic Glazed Salmon with cauliflower puree. Not a fan of salmon, but I'll admit it was properly cooked.

Conclusion - probably not the best feast in the area but probably the best bargain.

List of restaurants doing the feast.

http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/g...

Al Dente Italian Restaurant D.C.
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