Thursday, May 12, 2005

Quince-essential Dinner

Last night hit Quince, by Michael Tusk. As a matter of full disclosure, one of my business partners is an investor. Anyway, excellent use of the best of current produce offerings in the frito misto antipasti and the homemade mortadella would have made Tusk's mentor Paul Bertolli proud. Actually, Tusk worked under Alice Waters at Chez Panisse when Bertolli was the chef their, and then went to work for Paul at Oliveto, one of my favorite restaurants (more disclosure: I am an investor in one of Paul's other ventures).

Pasta dishes were highligted by the crab and lemon pasta, bigoli with duck; but I had the champion main couse braised shortribs milanese: off the bone rib meet breaded (like an Italian Veal cutlet) and lightly fried. I have had a sinus infection for 3 weeks unable to taste anything--and Tusk's shortribs were the cure. Try Quince. It gets a 4/5.

0/5 or No rating--don't bother, better choices around every corner for the same or less money.
1/5 I will eat here, but something is always left wanting, food or service or something.
2/5 Good food. Not always consistent. Decent value eating.
3/5 Solid. Consistent. You look for reasons to eat here.
4/5 Excellent. You will not be disappointed even if it cost more.
5/5 Beyond a meal. An experience, like going to the opera at la Scala or watching your team win the World Series.

Coming up for us--a big week in Vegas. Dinner at Red Square, Picasso and Nobu. Lunch at Mesa Grill. I had a Mesa Grill reservation last week while on business, but they cancelled it because Ellen Degenerus (or however you spell it) showed up with a bunch of her friends impromptu. Told them I would be happy to sit quietly in a corner and watch, but they said no thank you. Offered to "take care of me" the next time I was in town. Well that's next week.

The following a week is visit 4 to the French Laundry (5/5). The first time with a table for two. Brother and Sister-in-law will watch Max, who believes Amici's Pizza is 5/5. Lots to eat. Amazing I have actually lost weight the last 3 months.

This week at the Farmers' Market--Fava's still good, baby chokes better than the big ones, nettles, look for fresh garbanzos.


Blogger Zatoichi said...

So, how many times have you been to La Scala? Or is the 5/5 ranking one of those not-yet-attained goals, much like going to La Scala or, well, you know.

9:08 PM  
Blogger paul said...

I have been to la Scala one time.

I have had several 5/5 meals.
First visit to French Laundry was definitely one of these.


5:58 PM  

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