This was the last stop on our Tour De Celebrity Chef Restaurants and it was the best, yet... We have seen Chef Scott rag on Chopped contestants over and over again for their pasta and other Italian dishes, so we had high expectations about his own food.
The restaurant is very inconspicuous and there is no real sign on the street front. There is a small plaque, but I would save up and purchase a little more signage :) With that said, the restaurant was packed at 6:30 p.m. on Sunday 1-6-2013 when we dined. I guess maybe they don't need a better sign after all...
To keep this short, the wait staff was impeccable. Absolutely professional, courteous, helpful and friendly. I cannot make any suggestions as to improve service and this staff was the best in any restaurant we dined at in the city on this trip and perhaps anywhere.
The decor is nondescript and the lighting is dark, but that was not a big deal for us.
The bread basket has some wonderful surprises... There is a bread with warm meats that is to die for... We greedily asked for more and were pleasantly rewarded with another basket!
My wife and I shared the Seared Diver Scallops and they were prepared perfectly. Awesome. We also shared the Creamy Polenta, which I understand is a signature dish of Chef Scott. Wow, absolutely incredible. A six or more star dish in and of itself (on a scale of one to five stars!).
My wife ordered the bow tie pasta with squid ink on the recommendation of the waiter. I had the spaghetti. Half way through our dinner, we switched entrees because we were each interested in what the other had ordered. We each agreed that both dishes were delicious with the squid ink being the more exotic and better of the two. I would gladly order either one again.
For desert, my wife ordered the coconut Panna Cotta which blew both of us away. It was truly the best culinary surprise we have had in a very long time. Thank you for that... I ordered the Amadei Chocolate Cake and it was good all on its own. I especially liked the salted caramel gelato.
At this point, you can probably guess that we are big fans of Scarpetta as are, apparently, many other people. Moreover, I totally respect Chef Scott's authority and rights to rag on substandard pasta. Chefs of Chopped rise up and be inspired. We were.
Thanks for a memorable meal. Dinner with no drinks was around $160.00.
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