After reading the numerous raves on this board, I just couldn't bear to wait until next week's dinner reservation. I faked a doctor's appointment so I could bunk off work early and check the place out this afternoon. At 3:30ish there were a few free spots at the bar, so my boyfriend and I snagged a couple of seats in front of the wood oven.
Nancy was hard at work finishing each pizza as it came out of the oven. It was a slow process, but she topped and trimmed each pie with such meticulous care and the end result was undoubtedly worth the wait.
I had my heart set on the bruschetta with chicken livers but my boyfriend is unfortunately not a fan of viscera. So we chose the arancini bolognese to start. Six little balls soon arrived, crispy and cheesy in a very light and tasty sauce. We ordered the lardo and oregano salami pies to share. Both were unbelievably good, but the lardo took the prize for me. I used Batali's cunning trick of calling it "white proscuitto" to sneak it past my man, as I knew that "cured pork fat" wasn't going to win him over. The trick works! The crust was liberally brushed with olive oil and sprinkled with rosemary, then baked. Once out of the oven it was topped with cold lardo, which soon began to melt into the hot crust. Absolutely divine.
We ended the meal with an espresso, Gianduja and almond biscotti. The gianduja was the best I've ever had, sinfully rich and chocolately with the crunch of candied hazelnuts.
All in all, it was fantastic meal, and well worth risking my job for. If I had one complaint it would be that there seemed to be three or four waiters standing around at any given moment, while ours was mysteriously absent for most of the meal. I would have loved a second glass of wine but never had the chance to order one. Since this is only their third day of operation I am sure that this minor kink will smooth out in time.
I can't wait until we go again next week! Total for an appetizer, one glass of wine, two pizzas, two desserts and an espresso came to $62 before tax and tip. Bargain!
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