First off, mad props to Charlie for not resorting to an overpriced prix-fix. They had their standard menu format with a ton of delicious specials. Had a table for four (they took NYE reservations) and we ate everything family style.
Started with two Annabelle's Chicory Ceasers. I truly believe that this is the perfect salad. The lettuce has an incredible depth of flavors (though Annabelle gets all the credit for that). The dressing made with house cured anchovies can't be beat.
Next, fried oxtail served with arugula. Damn, was this delicious. Perfect batter and the meat just melted in your mouth with an incredible texture and flavor. One of the highlights of the evening, we all agreed we should have ordered two.
On to the pasta: hand cut fettucini with butter and black truffles tasted as good as it sounds. Simple, pure, delicious.
Ravioli with wild nettle and ricotta was also good.
Pork meatballs are always wonderful. These plump, juicy treasures are served in a thick, milky sauce that I love to sop up with bread. Outstanding!
Next came Cotechini (sp?) a special sausage that is traditional for Italian NYE. This was the best sausage I've ever had (sorry, Taylor).
When I looked at the menu my eyes immediately turned to: buttermilk fried chicken with mashed potatoes and gravy and coleslaw. Oh my god. This was the perfect piece of fried chicken; it put Nellie's to shame. The breast was tender, moist and flavorful. The potatoes, gravy and coleslaw were all excellent. As full as we were, we all wanted more.
Dessert was Bosc pears stuffed with walnuts and ricotta cooked in the wood fire oven. Every fruit that comes out of that oven is delicious. This was a perfect end to a perfect meal.
By the end of the meal we were all stuffed and I was nicely drunk (Mrs. Mousse was designated.) Total damage for this feast including drinks, tax and a generous NYE tip? $250 for four people. Considering how many places have a NYE prix fix starting at $100, we thought this was an incredible deal.
Any other NYE reports out there?