As usual, the complimentary bread with dips(but as always, their bread is not toasted warm enough)
Ricotta cheese and olive on a cracker (complimentary)This one is rather average and the cheese leaks out some pale white liquid that turns the cracker below slightly soggy.Typically, if you like to have a complete Italian meal, there is the starter, the cheese from the mozerella bar, primi(pasta), then your second (meat/fish), then last is dessert. That might be the reason why when we order just pasta or the meat as a main, the portion is quite small. But nonetheless, here are the pastas and mains:
Ricotta and egg raviolo with browned butterThis is a very rich dish as the ravioli is filled with cheese and a runny egg yolk that burst when you sliced through it. Very savoury but the pasta dough helps to balance the taste. The browner butter sauce was not very special though.
Sweet Potato Mezzalune with Amaretti(Amaretto is an Italian sweet almond-
I did not spot this the other time and the idea of having sweet potato inside my pasta caught my attention. Mezzalune means "half moon" and thus the pasta is shaped like a crescent moon.
The orange colour sweet potato filling was a interesting sweet change to a typical pasta dish but there is still a creamy cheese like sauce around them so the taste was actually nice. But the portion was really insufficient for this.
Guinea Hen Crostone with liver pancetta sauceThe guinea hen was roasted to golden brown. Though there was no hint of any fats, the meat was not too dry. It tasted like 烧鸡 but in larger chunks. Crostone is actually the toasted bread on which the guinea hen sits.
Each bite of the crostone, guinea hen and liver pancetta sauce together was really very tasty. Highly recommend this dish than the pasta if you compare the prices. The liver pancetta sauce was rich and savoury.
Grilled Whole Snapper wrapped in Radicchio with herbs & extra virgin olive oilThe fish was extremely fresh and the ingredients were kept to a minimum, bringing out the simple flavors of herbs.
Brasato al Barolo, braised beef short ribs with horseradish gremolataThe portion was smaller than I thought but it was sufficient for a man. . The dish has quite met it's standards but not very impressive. Barolo is a red wine produced in Piedmont, Italy.
Desserts: all highly recommended.
Cioccolato bittersweet chocolate cake with Perugian chocolatesI have been eyeing this and it was fabulously rich. It is not a mousse or sponge cake but a whole choke of intense dark chocolate ganache. Really like eating truffles.
The almonds and hazelnuts that were coated with cocoa powder or chocolate was not rancid at all. The nougat was a delight accompaniment as seldom do we find Italian Nougats in restaurants here. The honeycomb crunch on the left was very sweet.
Torte Della Nonna with Honeycomb & pine nutsThis means"grandmother's cake" which is a traditional Tuscany dessert. The name evokes a homely feel.
Though this is a cheesecake, it is not like the heavy kind of US creamy cheesecake or as light as Japanese cheesecake. Neither is it mousse like. More towards a baked rustic kind of texture as ricotta is used instead of cream cheese.. Got to try it yourself to know. The mound of honeycomb is very sweet but good to go with the cheesecake because the cake is not sweet at all. There was also a layer of biscuit pinenut crunch object on top of the cake.
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Cannoli filled with passionfruit, coconut & banana ice creamThey have changed the original chocolate coffee caramel combination to this tropical version. Though the taste is light and refreshing, I prefer the original plating style(though I did not manage to take the photo that time) This place serves one of the best cannoli as the pastry is really crispy and does not taste like frozen food.
In all, I think this is a place for good Italian food knowing that the standards are there already since it is opened by Chef Mario Batali. But that said, some might find the price shocking some not. For me, I guess a one-time experience would satisfy.