Wow, this place is great.. This is one of the more exciting and enjoyable meals I have had (outside of China) in a long time.. In fact, I can't think of another restaurant in Brooklyn that I would rather go to. I would go back for lunch today and eat some of those things I had last night again.
We started with the Cacio e pepe fritlle which essentially was a beautiful gougeres covered in a beautiful pecorino. They were perfectly made and the cheese was just so delicious..
Next up, this dish was outrageous, the bagna cauda.. what seemed to be a half share of a CSA was served with grilled bread and a delicious, anchovy filled warm bagna cauda kept heated over a candle.. The vegetables were delicious.. There was radicchio, baby potatoes, romesco, snap peas and radishes perfectly cooked and or subtly seasoned.. Some of them were a tad spicy with finely crushed pepper, other had a slight hint of lemon.. In fact, there seems to be some type of chile pepper in all of the dishes.. Whether it's flakes or flecks or ground, there a nice balanced heat.. It was just beautifully done.. Precious in a good way, i would say.. This is just fantastic.
blow fish tails are just ok.. There is a monkfish quality to blow fish that just makes it a boring fish. They were cooked ok and the sauce was had a nice acid to it but, at the end of the day, it's just not an exciting fish.
The clams are a stop everything and run to get this dish.. Pickled Calabrian chile peppers with butter and super fine toasted bread crumbs.. And the portion was large ta boot.. Really great.
agnolotti with honey: a beautiful plate of pasta.
Little gem salad: this was shockingly good.. It was a grown up version of the typical salad you would get at Italian American restaurant.. Except the vinegar was a strong and acidic. the oregano fresh and bright and there was no pile of water at the bottom of the bowl.. Same tiny crunch bread crumbs from the clams. Love this salad.
The last dish, which was a shame to end on was the Ricotta Gnocchi.. This was the only misstep of the entire night.. And it happened on two levels. We arrived last night as the kitchen was closing.. So, we placed our entire ordered at once.. After all the food was served our waitress asked us if we would like coffee or dessert. I asked about the Gnocchi.. She said hold on one moment and went back to the kitchen.. When she came back I said, we don't really need the dish.. I even kind of said, we would prefer not to have it as we were full.. She was graciously adamant. Now, we all know that the kitchen closes at 11 and it was well passed that time. So, the dish arrives and the gnocchi is rather hard.. I had heard it be described as pillowy and light.. this was anything but.. IT was sad, it was dense and gummy. The whole dish just didn't feel right. Not on par with any of the other dishes we had and it makes me feel like it was slapped together. if i can say one thing, the flavors were there, the pistachios were delicious.
this place is a gem, the space is beautiful, staff is professional.. This is maybe the most grown up restaurant in Brooklyn.