Dear Food Diary:
My first taste of Torrisi was back at Le Fooding 2010, where Rich Torrisi and Mario Carbone’s pig tongue dish left a bad taste in my mouth. Therefore the restaurant got bumped all the way down on my eating list. Only recently, did it make it to the top again. Word on the street is that their fresh mozzarella is legit, so I had to take this long overdue trip to Nolita.
Edelzwicker – Bloomer Creek Finger Lakes NY
I started the night off with a Edelzwicker which is a blend of Riesling and Gewurztraminer (2 of my favorite whites). Fruity with just the right amount of sweetness.
We opted for the $65 Tasting Menu (menu changes weekly) since we weren’t celebrating or anything. If you’re in a splurging mood there’s also a 20 course for $160. The 20 seat restaurant is intimate and warm. Good friendly service and nicely lit. Reservations are a must.
Warm Mozzarella in DaVero Olive Oil
This was as dreamy as mozzarella could get. Soft oozing texture with that teasingly good stretch. The right balance of creamy and pull/chew producing strings of tongue arousing mouthfuls. The fresh notes of the young olive oil gives it a bright finish. One of the best mozzarellas I’ve had. Add some garlic bread and I’m a happy camper.
Dungenous crab w crispy leeks and crab/mussel broth and mussels and eggs
The natural umami of crab and mussel are present in the broth. The sweetness of the crab and breaking that sexy egg yolk brings it all together with oniony strands of fried leeks and scallions. This is my kind of comfort in a bowl.
Striped Bass with Marsala Buttons
This was one of my favorite dishes of the night. Earthy medley of mushrooms dance in the marsala sauce. The fish is moist and has a crunchy herb crust. The distinct aroma of celery goes surprisingly well with the buttery fish.
Fresh Lamb Coppa Romanesco
Since I don’t eat lamb, you’ll have to trust StalkerBoy’s opinion here. As good as it looked, he said it was a bit plain in flavor and nothing stood out. He preferred my fish.
I guess I’ve never tried a good tri-color cookie because I remember them to be dry and flavorless. These on the other hand, were moist with strong almond flavors. Though I’m still not a big fan of all that color.
The Apricot Cucidati had a very nutty crunch, with a sweet and tart jam like filling. The Peppermint Truffle was good but nothing for me to write about.
Overall I thought the meal was a great price and I would love to become a regular. The food and service were memorable without being snooty. Casual enough for a first date, but nice enough for a date night with your honey.
One of these days, I’ll have to try their epic 20 course Chef’s Tasting.
P.S. Chubby’s Rating:
250 Mulberry St