|Chef Scott Conant|
Anyway, enough about the letter. It's really about the food. Here goes. Preface: I have been to Scarpetta in Miami, and despite being about 17 sheets to the wind, I do happen to recall the meal was delicious. So I was looking forward to the same food delights on home ground. I was mostly appeased.
On a Wednesday night in August, 10 of us arrived at Scarpetta for our bi-monthly TRC dinner. Service was slow from the get-go. Menus were not delivered straight away (i.e. 10 or more minutes in), drink orders took a long time to be taken and then served, and our waiter had the personality of an inch worm. We placed two orders of Fritto Misto ($17) as a precursor to appetizers, but despite being ordered well before the first courses, all of the first courses arrived together.
When everything did arrive, it was for the most part a success. The cauliflower puree was well liked, though texturally was a bit thin. The creamy polenta with mushrooms was incredibly flavourful; one diner felt it got a bit soupy but I personally didn't mind that part - the saucier the better. And, as another diner proclaimed, the dish was real comfort food. The braised short ribs with vegetable and farro risotto ($14) was a good combination of textures and flavours, though I would have liked the ribs cooked longer as they were a bit on the chewy side. The diver scallop ($17) was fresh and nicely cooked but nothing overly special. Oh, and the fritto misto? Well, it WAS delicious ... though finding the seafood was like finding a needle in a haystack. A haystack of delicious crispy-fried vegetables.
|Cauliflower puree with oysters|
|Creamy polenta with truffled mushroom fricasee|
|Braised beef short ribs with veg & farro risotto|
|Black Tagliolini with Nova Scotia lobster|
|Duck foie gras ravioli|
|Agnolotti dal plin (FYI, plin means "pinch")|
|Goat cheese cheesecake|
Scarpetta is located at the Thompson Hotel on Wellington at Bathurst. Average price per person is about $120.