La Tour is one of Vail's dining gems. Probably one of the shiniest and most precious. Since 1998, Chef/Owner Paul Ferzacca's restaurant has been a must-go for visitors and locals alike. Recently, this local decided it had been a while since she'd been, so with autumn menu specials in full swing, it was off to La Tour with two other friends and my hubby.
La Tour, right smack in the middle of Vail Village across from Solaris, is listed in the expensive category of Vail Valley restaurants, but it really doesn't cost much above restaurants of far lesser quality. It's worth every penny.
The dining room is sleek and modern without being cold and sterile. The hostess and manager Tom gave warm welcomes. We sat in the back room next to the window, which I liked. The long mirrored wall gives the feeling of openness.
There are several small plates averaging $5. One of these days I'm going to go back and order all of them as they are superb. I took the housemade ricotta with herbs, fleurs de sel and olive oil. With the delicious, crusty housemade (as opposed to housebaked) bread, it was the perfect dish for me. Others at the table had the escargot, lobster bisque and French onion soup. Each proclaimed their choices were delicious, particularly my self-professed "Lobster Bisque Snob" friend who said it was one of the best she'd had.
For my main course, I chose the pan roasted five spice duck breast with spaghetti squash, kale, pomegranate, pickled apple, ginger lemongrass sauce, duck fat powder & chives. To say it was delicious is a huge culinary understatement. Normally, when a dish is described to me with so many different elements, I shy away. But knowing Chef Paul's and his exec chef's reputations, I went for it. The duck was tend, juicy and a perfectly cooked rose color. All the other diverse flavors and textures merged into a synergistic combination of sweet and savory. Perfect dish. I'm going back tomorrow to explore "duck fat powder." How can fat be powdery?
My husband and friend had the pork shank. Although they loved the flavor and presentation, they found it a little dry as pork can sometimes be. But they enjoyed the dish.
The fourth diner - my Lobster Bisque Snob friend - had the Dover sole. She pronounced it "superb."
For dessert, one diner had a delicious, moist (apologies to food critic Amanda Faison for using that word) apple cake with vanilla ice cream. The rest of us split a chocolate sampler. Delicious and worth every calorie.
Wine - until Vail's opening day, all entrees are $20.13 each (Chef Paul's humor - what year is it?). Select bottles of wine are 50% off. Since the wine list is a little on the pricey side, I was ecstatic to find a bottle of 2008 Marchesi di Gresy Barbaresco Martinenga for $57! You can't buy that bottle (or any more recent vintage) at the cellar door for that price. So naturally, I grabbed it. It was fabulous, but I wasn't fair to the wine in ordering the duck that was more suited to an Oregon or Swiss (Valais) pinot noir. I didn't care. I wanted duck and wanted that wine!
Additional wine note: The restaurant has a great wine list, but is very heavy on the French side (c'est normal!). As you can see from my name, I'm a Piemonte-phile, so I head for the Piemonte section of any wine list. Creature of habit. There is another fabulous, must-try red on the list. Matteo Correggia Val dei Preti Roero Nebbiolo. It is the incarnation of the late oenological genius (and one of the Barolo Boys) Matteo Correggia's dream of making an elegant Roero nebbiolo that would stand up to its cousins to the south of the Tanaro River in Barolo. Try it. If you are a fan of reds, you will find this award winning wine to your liking, I'm certain.
Can't wait to return to La Tour. I won't stay a stranger so long any more!
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