This year's Fine Dining Christmas present to ourselves was lunch @Del Posto. The magnificent darling of the famous trio of Lidia Bastianich; Joe Bastianich and Mario Batali!
We decided on this venue after reading about the wonderful Prix Fixe Lunch they serve for $29.00! Yes, you read that right: $29.00!
It's a choice of Antipasto; Primi or Secundo; and Dolce. See the menu here.
They also offer a 6 course tasting menu with or without wine pairings, it's listed at the bottom of the menu.
Of course it was a big question if we would even make it there Wednesday, as we had a lovely snowstorm overnight! We went to bed resolved that we'd wake up and make the decision if we would trek in or cancel and reschedule. We woke up and saw that traffic was moving and planned our trip via subway and foot. We left our warm apartment around 11 a.m. and traversed the worst part of our trip, walking down our hill to the subway. Due to a construction project, that just started last month and will last 2 years, we had to walk a block out of our way to get to a different subway entrance, as the one we've used for 33 years is closed as part of the reconstruction of the overpass of Queens Boulevard.
Once in the city, the streets and most of the sidewalks were perfectly cleared, even the slushy corners weren't as bad as we expected. We had booted up to protect our feet so while not elegant we were at least dry!
Upon arrival we were greeted by the coat check in the vestibule of the grand restaurant. We gladly gave her our coats, hats and scarves. Next we moved into the wonderful space. I grabbed these pictures from the restaurant's Google Place Page, they don't do it justice, in a word the space is gorgeous.
We were seated on a leather banquette with beautiful throw pillows! Actually in the picture there are three tables ours was at the top of the section. Our table was a corner of the banquette so we sat adjacent to each other vs across from or next to each other.
Water was the first offering, we chose tap, as we do most often now that I'm limiting my intake of carbonation. Next drinks or wine list was offered, wine list was requested. Having not decided on what to eat we chose to have a glass of VERMENTINO by Terenzuola Fosso di Corsano 2008 from Toscana. We had enjoyed a similar one before and selected it based on it's refreshing qualities. It's a full-bodied dry White and was a perfect foil to our first food.
Now comes the menu. The choices were all very interesting and inviting.
Before we could decide along came an amuse bouche! There was a trio of delicious looking bites. First a shot of an Italian version of Egg Drop Soup, a salty broth that warmed us nicely. Next were gourgeres-like morsels filled with Mortadella which reminded us of deviled ham, only sooooo much better! And finally crispy rice crusted mozzarella balls. Unbelievably delicious!
For our antipasto we chose:
Then, Voila! Open the drawer and find four more awesome bites, two small mini-citrusy tarts, smaller than a vanilla wafer, and two of the most decadent cocoa powdered truffles! Yummmmmmmmmmm!