this was a real treat. pardon my email cut&paste but they started us with this one:
CAZZIMPERIO ALLA MOZZA 2004 RAW EARLY SPRING VEGETABLE CRUDITE WITH WARM EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OIL,FROM THE NEW BASTIANICH/BATALI ESTATE IN TUSCANY. great start. raw veggies like broccoli, mushroom, fennel a mix of carrots and breads served on a lazy susan of warm, lemon scented oil. very addicting and a fun way to get it going.
next up was a soup course. i had: TORTELLINI IN BRODO
TRADITIONAL MORTADELLA FILLED PASTA IN INTENSE CLEAR BROTH and my spouse had: BRODETTO PASQUALE
ROMAN EASTER SOUP WITH SMALL LAMB MEATBALLS FINISHED WITH EGG YOLKS. both were insanely delicious. my oily chicken based (?) broth was utter divine. hers had a very herbal base. this course was hands down the height of the whole meal. we had passed on the third choice: MINESTRA DI PASTA BROCCOLI CON ARZILLA LIGHT STEW OF SKATE WING, BROCCOLI AND DITALINI.
the secondi or mains were over the top. mine was: ABACCHIO ALLA ROMANA TRITARESLOW ROASTED YOUNG LAMB WITH TRADITIONAL CHEESE, EGG AND LEMON SAUCE and hers was: BRANZINO AFFOGARE WHOLE POACHED SEA BASS SERVED WITH SORRENTO LEMONS. the lamb was wonderful and the whole fish perfectly done. both with a tasty lemony base. they forgot the cheese over my lamb(!) but i didnt care. chicken braciole was another choice we passed on.
you got all three CONTORNI sides: BOMBE DE PATATI--deep fried yet airy potato puffs, CARCIOFI ALLA ROMANA-sauteed artichokes and PISELLI E PROSCIUTTO or partly roasted peas & proscuitto. all were nice, but the artichokes were the clear winner.
for dessert we chose the PINEAPPLE CROSTADA and the FROMAGGIO plate over the tartufini. good, all good.
cost was $60/pp. we each had small carafes of white and red wine. sorry i dont recall what, except my red was sardninian. so in the end it was like $200 total. a very nice value for a great holiday meal special.
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