Right after returning from Europe, my boyfriend and I received a dinner invitation from his uncle and aunt. I love going out with them in the city – they are delightful to be around and definitely have their fingers on the pulse of great food in Manhattan. I broaden my horizon every time we go out with them. This occasion was no different. The spot? A Voce in Flatiron.
· cows milk ricotta, extra virgin olive oil, mint, thyme, chilies – the cheese was rich and creamy perfection.
· roasted trumpet royal mushrooms, fonduta, truffle, hazelnuts – The mushrooms almost tasted like meat. I can’t find the right words to describe it – they were smokey and delicious and the truffles were the perfect accessory.
· thinly sliced octopus, cerignola olives, citrus – The presentation of this dish was unique, the thin slices were in one uniform layer on a clear dish. I was embarrassed to announce my new food-blogging hobby, so I did not take any pictures until the end of the meal when my boyfriend announced it for me! I wish I could have snapped a shot of this dish.
After the appetizers we shared some first-course pastas:
sweetbreads, which are certain organs that usually come from a calf or lamb (according to Wikipedia the actual animal and part vary). I am glad I tried this dish, I absolutely loved the sweetbread. It was creamy and crispy on the outside.: spinach and sweetbread filled pasta, fennel, pecorino, garlic – This was my first experience with
We had another filled pasta that had sausage and goat cheese, but it’s not on the regular menu and I cannot remember the specifics. Anything with goat cheese gets an A in my book.
For my entrée I had the :grilled mediterranean sea bass, baby bulb onions, yukon gold potatoes, clams, bagnet vert, which was flavorful to say the least. Here is the only photo I took at dinner, Branzino: