Instead of joining the fray on New Years Eve, my husband and I decided to end the year’s dining out on a high note and visited Toscana Saturday evening. We had yet another wonderful meal.
We began with the spinach and sausage Bruschetteria. Every time I order it Ed shakes his head and says “But, you don’t like spinach!” He’s right, I don’t like most spinach preparations but I’m addicted to this one.
With our waiter’s help we chose a bottle of Rivera "Cappellaccio" Aglianico Riserva 2002. We love big, barnyardy Italian wines and this fit the bill. It was very friendly with our food.
Husband had the gnocchi with ragu, and I loved the herbed lamb shank with those luscious roasted potatoes. I could only eat about half of it, but I savored that half and my favorite clean up crewman across the table finished it and picked the bones clean.
Chef Zamir came out to say hello and told us they were closing for a week’s vacation. I’m sure they need it and this is a good time of year to get away. I begged him to teach me to make his oven roasted potatoes. I’m a pretty good cook but I know I could learn a lot if I could just spend an afternoon watching him.
I figured I’d warn the hounds about the vacation. While I’ve had some good meals at Brown Sugar, across the street, that really won’t help if you have your brain set on Tuscany.