What a lucky girl I am! I was lucky enough not only to get away from the snow storm that is Cincinnati right now for a couple of days...but also to get to go to a foodnetwork star's restaurant for lunch. Michael Chiarella had a show I used to love (when it was on) on the food network...Easy Entertaining with Michael Chiarella. Then imagine my delight when he showed up on Top Chef (another of my favorite shows) for the Master's edition. I was ecstatic to get to try his food but did NOT expect to walk right in and see him standing on the line working among the other chefs....so fun! I tried to take a few pics but none of them really turned out...
They brought the 8 of us to what I considered to be one of the best tables in the house. We were lucky enough to get a February day that was perfect enough to sit outside.
View from our table:
Now onto the food...oooh the delicious food.
First, some aps...
Rob and I split this:
Shaved Brussels Sprout Salad marcona almonds, sieved egg, pecorino, whole citrus vinaigrette
This was so good... a little bitter from the brussel sprouts, rich from the cheese, light from the vinaigrette...seriously. so.good.
Rob's mom had this:
It was the raw fish selection of the day...which was tuna...on a huge salt brick... the size of the salt block is a little crazy, but I had a little bite of the fish.. yumyumyumyum....the longer you let it sit on the block, the saltier it got.
Just for the sake of pictures (I am not daring enough for this yet) was Rob's Dad's dish:
Wood Grilled Octopus olive oil braised potatoes, pickled red onion, salsa verde
On to lunch-
My delicious pasta dish:
Fusilli Lucani with veal, pork & porcini mushroom Bolognese, rosemary & Parmigiano Reggiano
Rob's Clam Dish (I had mussels and clams both for the first time ever this weekend...apparantly I'm big fans of both...pretty exciting!) The portion was generous, the noodles were tender and the broth was delicious...
And also a shot of the gnocci which was (to me) way more delicious than regular gnocci due to the ricotta. yumyumyum
Add in a couple of bottles of (seriously) delicious wine and I'd call it pretty much a perfect lunch... well almost perfect...Michael coming to chat with me at my table would make it 100% perfect :)