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Saturday, August 4, 2007

Steal of a meal!

As most chefswives know chefs, although largely thought of as wealthy, all start out making less than a desirable amount. So when my chef found a great prix fixe deal-we jumped on it. Mario Batali never ceases to amaze me with his hard to believe marriage of television chef personality, business man and, well, CHEF. Enoteca is no exception to his blend of many talents. Serving as his flagship Del Posto's smaller, less formal cafe Enotecca offers a menu like no other cafe.

The prix fixe menu consists of 5 courses: antipasti, two primi dishes for the table, secondi, and dolci. For antipasti I had a deconstructed BLT which portion was much larger than I anticipated with taste to match. Between us we also had the eggplant, nudi, scampi, tagliata, and a sorbetti sampler (PERFECT) and chocolate torta for dolci. This more-than-worth-it meal was under $100 for two people and worth shouting about. Bravo to Mario as well as Joseph and Lidia Bastianich.

This restaurant is one of the few places in town that doesn't leave you feeling like you are eating a neo-purgatory minimalist hell, nor does it make you feel like there is so much crap on the walls you wonder if you are in a dirty garage. The decor is stunning, classy, and inviting. The live piano music brings me back to a time when live piano music brought food to my table. Thanks, David.

Now I am no food critic and I would hate for anyone to think that I am. However, I am here to pass along a steal of a meal to you. Enjoy!


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