Old friends are the best. Old friends, and good food…now that’s a great night! My husband recently reconnected with a childhood friend (through a chance encounter I had with him during one of my cooking segment shoots). They quickly caught up over the phone and decided to plan a night at the restaurant where he is a chef, Flour. We scored the Chef’s Table on Saturday night so that we could chat up Brett and enjoy the incredible menu the place offers.
Seems only fitting in a restaurant labeled an “Italian Kitchen” that immediately after being seated, Brett greeted us with a stunning Salumi plate (complete with delectable selections like mortadella, coppa picante and salametto framani)
And before we could even look at the menu, I was won over by the cheese plate that had fresh sliced turkey figs, Calabrian pecorino. langherino, humboldt fog and aged gouda.
We had the pleasure of dining with another couple of old friends of the chef, Allison and Andy. They too were ready to indulge in all that the menu offered, toast, taste and celebrate the success of their childhood buddy.
When I mentioned that we were coming to Flour, a friend who dines there often recommended one of the appetizers.
“I have dreams about the Big A$$ Meatball at Flour,” she said
Didn’t take much to convince us. We ordered a pair of these softball sized portions, which were placed on a rich whipped ricotta and topped with fried sage. Heaven indeed. We also tried the chorizo stuffed dates and a plate of mussels.
Since Brett is the self-proclaimed pizza master of the kitchen, we had to try one of the wood-fired pies that people rave about here. Didn’t need to hem and haw about this choice…it was the potato carbonara for us and we were not disappointed.
This killer pizza incorporates potatoes as part of the base beneath the aged provolone, egg and pancetta. You’d think that was enough food…but once again our eyes were bigger than our stomachs and we decided to order three entrees to share as well. We went for the Mediterranean Branzini, a tagliatelle with a bolognese, and the show stopper, a lobster strozzapreti with pancetta, bone marrow and cream.
This was a noodle new to me, and worth every single calorie. Just when we thought we were done, Brett brought out dessert, a cereal panna cotta, sweetened from Frosted Flakes!
We shared a couple bottles of wine, plenty of memories, more food than we should’ve eaten, and some good laughs. That’s a good date night no matter what your taste in food, or friends!