We went to Peasant for an early dinner and were the second party seated upon arriving at 6:05 pm on a Thursday. The restaurant’s dimly lit cavernous dining room, with the brick walls and magenta-tiled floor, as well as the open kitchen with the brick ovens, all accentuated the Italian theme that this restaurant purports.
We took up on our pleasing and efficient waiter’s offer to give us an English translation of the all-Italian menu, infused with just the right amount of details on how they were executed.
I thought that I know enough about what I consider to be the best pies in Metropolitan NY, but I have to re-consider my personal list and insert Peasant’s margherita pizza way up in that list. As a starter, this was one terrific margherita – very Neapolitan in texture, fresh ingredient and good taste. As the other starter, the Florentine tripe was good, too. It was perfectly cooked, tender and without that un-pleasant smell and taste that’s usually present when tripe is not properly cleaned and cooked. The tomato-based sauce was very good, not overly tasty such that it dominated the dish.
One of our oft-repeated comments when dining nowadays is that in most cases the offered appetizers are so much better than the main courses. This wasn’t the case as far as our main courses were concerned. As entrees, we ordered the leg of lamb on polenta and the roasted pork with crackling skin. The excellent soft polenta nicely complemented the sliced leg of lamb that was roasted to perfection in terms of taste, pinkness and tenderness. We unanimously loved it. The roasted pork was expertly prepared and served in a very rustic manner, cut up moist pieces of tasty and nicely-seasoned roasted pork, a large piece of that terrific crackling skin, and served on a heaping bed of coarsely cut potato pieces on a chipped clay dish. This dish rocked!
Due to uneven work and personal schedules, the past few months meant going to restaurants with spur-of-the moment decisions and, mainly using this board for a quick scan on current threads for anything that catches our present cravings, and then perusing the search function for additional information. The feedbacks here on Peasant has been mostly positive and our experience, obviously, can be added to that list of another very satisfied customers.