I've been lurking (over there, behind that shadow) for too long. Last night I physically delurked and, as a reward, was conscripted into onlinely delurking.
Ten of us enjoyed an outstanding dinner at Postino, organized by JenniferFishWilson, hosted by Chowhounder/Postino assistant manager, Tida, and served by Larry. We were seated in the Tavallozza, a semi-private room at the end of the bar. The food, wine, company and service were wonderful.
We started with two antipasti platters:
Sopprasetta with confit of pearl onions and dried tart cherries, mixed greens.
Fresh, house-pulled (at 5:00PM that day) mozzarella, grilled porcini with truffle oil, jumbo asparagus grilled with pecorino, Prosciutto San Daniele, with fresh pesto and house made grissini.
Then, soft shell crab on a bed of polenta, roasted tomato avocado shallot salsa, with mache. (I'm usually not a huge fan of soft shelled crab, but I would be if it were always this good.)
Caesar salad with whole romaine leaves and house made dressing, parmesan grissini.
Braised short ribs (brined/marinated in Zin for 3 days), English spring peas, mashed potatoes.
Salmon and tuna on large ravioli with potatoes and peas, with mixed greens and a pea sauce.
Finally, devil's food cake with mocha butter cream, decorated with gold leaf, with vanilla ice cream.
A sufficiency of wine was consumed - that report is forthcoming.
Chef Cat Cora, recently returned from cooking at the James Beard awards, visited with us for a while during the meal. I was most interested in her descriptions of the contrasts between the two 3-star French chefs (Georges Blanc and Roger Verge) with whom she trained. (Very briefly, Verge is much more laid back than Blanc, both in attitude and food.)
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