“Grandma's Sunday dinner table with a grown-up twist. In one word - DELISH!”
When you walk in to this tiny looking place you are greeted with atmosphere and scents of yumminess. There is a small bar off to the right, live music straight ahead and the dining off to the left. It lifts you up in such a good way and then you get to the table. Prepare yourself. Bread is always the first thing I judge at an Italian place (I make my own bread, pasta, gravy, etc - I'm Italian) and their bread is heaven baked full of goodness. It is actuallly the color of olive oil and if you let yourself just breathe it in for a moment it gets your taste buds rolling. Served with Balsamic and Olive Oil as it shoud be.
Now, I need to take a moment and just enjoy the memory of what's next because I am still taken aback by the complete experience of this antipasta dish. I got soft white polenta & ragu, asparagus, hen of the woods mushroom, prosciuto, black garlic, marsala, parmesan. It was $11 and I would have gladly paid far more. I have never had polenta this good outside of my Grandma's kitchen. It was fluffly and light, creamy, and just the way polenta should be. So many places cook it to death and this was a joy for my mouth to experience. I came home and looked up my family's reciepe so I can make it tonight for dinner.
On to the pasta, I know you don't think it can get better. Trust me, it does. I had the pleasure of enjoying tagliatelle bolognese, ground pancetta, berkshire pork, harris natural beef, sofritto, parmesan. When the plate came out, it was like I feel in love. This dish made the whole room light up. The noodles were cooked so nicely I kept wanting more. The gravy was just layers upon layers of goodness. I took the little bit of bread left and literally swiped my plate clean because I couldn't stop myself.
The only thing that left me sad was the panna cotta. I am of the firm belief that it was just off that night becuase everything else was so amazing. It was a yogurt honey panna cotta with a spice banana. The banana was bruised (which makes it almost bitter when cooked) and the yogurt was a bit girtty which makes me think the mixture was heated tooo quickly (or not paid attention to while being heated). I do have a very high opinion of what panna cottta should taste like so I am very biased and understand that others may enjoy it far more than I.
On thing I do need to mention. My family is from Tuscany and Rome. I grew up with Northern Italian food and traditions. If you are looking for an amazing Northern Italian spot this is it. If you want a more country or southern Italian meal you probably won't enjoy this place as much. If you want Sicilian food, go somewhere else.
Oh, one last thing. We loved everything so much we got the margherita pizza to go and ate it for breakfast the next day. I did steal one slice on the way home and if I hadn't been completely full I could have eaten the whole thing by myself.
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