Buonanotte’s 19th Anniversary Dinner

December 28, 2010 · 1 comment

in Restaurants

I used to frequent the supper-club scene a short while ago; however, I never really went for dinner (if you know what I mean). It’s still is the place to be for a trendy night out, but I don’t really know what the actually “supper” scene is like. I’ve always heard mixed reviews about the restaurants in that area, so when I was invited to Buonanotte‘s 19th anniversary dinner, I felt like I would get a pretty good idea of how the food would be.

I arrived at “Buena” on a cool winter Tuesday evening. The restaurant looks a little different without a couple hundred people in it. I was privileged to sit with a good friend of mine along with a couple of lovely ladies from All Beef Media. When we saw the menu, everything sounded pretty good and I found it a little hard to make a decision as to what I was going to have. Then, I found out we were having all of it. A 9-course menu paired with wine. Good thing I didn’t have a big lunch that day.

The first course was a light and crusty slice of pizza with porcini mushroom on top. The dough was great and the cheese was fantastic. I had 2 slices. The second was a shrimp wrapped in a crispy string-like crust on a soy-mayonnaise. The sauce was very good, and the shrimp was perfectly cooked. I also liked the crunch that came off this one.Next, we had a veal polpette (think long meatball, or little meatloaf) stuffed with robiola cheese. The veal was very tender, and the cheese oozed out as I cut through it. A true winner here.

The fourth course was the most perfect sausage, cotecchino, on a silky potato purée. The sausage was very tender and the spices were divine. I could drink that potato purée with a straw. By the fifth course I was starting to feel a bit heavy, but I kept going. The following was clearly the best dish of the night. Perfectly cooked pasta with a sweet and not too acidic fresh tomato sauce drizzled with olive oil. Expertly spun and delicately placed in the middle of the plate, the aroma was intoxicating. I could eat a big bowl of this. A plus. Course six: risotto cooked with radicchio and served with a curl of “Tete de moine” cheese. Even though this cheese was not Italian, it sure tasted great. I think that’s why they chose it since it fit so well.

The seventh course consisted of a black cod wrapped in bacon served with roasted potatoes, cherry tomatoes, and a tomato-creme puree. All elements on the plate were delicious, except the cod was a bit of a miss. The bacon was slightly undercooked and made the cod salty. The fish itself was perfectly cooked though. After that, a milk-fed suckling pig was served on a smooth dark rich gravy with potatoes, asparagus wrapped in bacon, and some pretty nice tourne’d apples. I wish I had enough room for the pork, but from what I ate, the pork was very flavorful and fell apart as I cut into it. The apples were sweet and complemented the dish very well. The final course was an apple millefoglie (mille-feuille) with vanilla mousse and a few drops of dulce de leche (a milk-caramel sauce…one of my favorite things). Everything was sweet and not too heavy. The apple component has thin slices of perfectly cooked apples. It was incredible.

Each course was explained in detail by the hospitable owner, Massimo Lecas, and each wine that was paired with each dish was also described, with a bit of a back story by the sommelier, Lino Lozza. The service was impeccable; everything went off without a hitch. We were all given a delicious and fresh pannetone at the end of the night. I’m not such a big fan of pannetone, but this was REALLY good. Soft, fresh, light and fluffy. What a great gift. Thank you to everyone who organized this event. I had a great time.

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Evelyne@CheapEthnicEatz January 3, 2011 at 10:45 pm

It was a fabulous meal and I made room for the suckling pig, it was fantastic. Happy New Year! Evelyne xoxox

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