Last night, MM and I had a business dinner at Scarpetta. I know I have mentioned the restaurant before, but I didn’t give a thorough analysis and description. It is honestly one of the best restaurants in NYC, so MM and I tend to make it our default when we need to impress someone or host someone visiting the city. Last night, a couple of our guests were very respected individuals in the art and fashion world visiting from Milano. They were very impressed – they loved the food, the retractable roof in the dining room, the ambiance, the service, and the wine. It was a success!
We ordered nearly every appetizer for everyone to share – my favorite is the raw yellowtail olio di zenzero & baked sea salt – amazing! For my entree, I had the Black Cod – moist and succulent with the perfect blackened skin sitting atop a bed of caramelized fennel and concentrated tomatoes – divine! One of our visitors from Milano had the creamy polenta fricassee of truffed mushrooms, and the pleasure in her face as she slid the spoon from her mouth said enough. You would think that after a dinner so impressive, topping it off with dessert could only bring it down a notch. Not so. The desserts – such as the caramelized apple pie with a polenta crust, black pepper-caramel sauce, & honey-vanilla gelato – just take it to another level by adding that perfect sweetness to send you out feeling somewhat more complete than when you walked in.
The Meatpacking District has finally entered the highly competitive arena of fine dining, but with a comfort and soul that holds it apart from midtown.
Oh, and Jeremy Piven walked in with a large group for dinner while we were there…his presence was not impressive in comparison to the real star of Scarpetta…the cuisine.