In a word...
A friend and I hit Scampo last Saturday night. Usually, we're weeknight diners but that baby lamb special just sang to us.
We were seated promptly in the side room (looks like this room can be shut off for a private party) and immediately served a fresh fava bean puree along with freshly made bread sticks (odd presentation of dumpling the bread sticks directly on the table, but whatever). The puree tasted like spring itself with a strong fava bean flavor and fruity olive oil.
We started with the beef carpaccio with mozzarella, parsnip chips and smoked sea salt. Wow, this was amazingly delicious and a wonderful way to start the meal. The beef was intensely flavorful and just melted into my mouth. Coupled with the mozzarella and the aioli, I could have licked the plate clean. It was that good.
We moved on to the pasta dish - spaghetti with hot peppers and pork cracklins. If I thought the beef was fantastic, the spaghetti was even better. Perfectly cooked al dente and the heat level rose, the more bites I took. And, there were plenty of pork cracklins so that every bite had at least two cracklins per forkful. Talk about being in piggy heaven. If I only had this dish to eat that night, I would have left completely satiated and satisfied.
They forgot to put our bread order in so the bread course came out after the pasta. We had debated between a two different breads but after talking with our waiter, we went with the ciccio. This was a soft pita like bread stuffed with cheesey, truffly goodness. It was tasty, but really, nothing could have topped our two preceding dishes.
Our last dish was the piece de resistance - the baby lamb served 3 ways. There was a rib, the meat and the fatty portions. It was served with baby brussel sprouts and huckleberries. It arrived on a huge platter and it was so succulent. A minor complaint - I was looking forward to the huckleberries even though I'm not a huge fan of fruit with my meat. On the plate were blueberries, which were delicious in their own right, but the waiter should have said so when he gave us the spiel. The lamb was borderline too much food at this point, but it was worth every bite.
We finished dinner with the pavlova which was wonderfully light and crispy. It was served with a lemon cream inside the pavlova and whipped cream and strawberries along side. Again, a quibble, these were billed as native berries which I think were just regular strawberries. Really, local strawberries in October? Regardless, this was the perfect light dessert to end a spectacular meal with.
To drink, we split the never ending pitcher of delicious sangria. This sangria worked well with all the courses and complemented the pavlova beautifully. Fruity and not overly iced or watery.
Total for the above was about $150 without tip. The big ticket items were the lamb and sangria which both came in at $45. Given the quality and service, it was well worth the price.
215 Charles Street, Boston, MA 02114