May 14, 2006
Cooks night off
Last night we took a night off from cooking and headed out to nearby San Gimignano.
One of my favorite simple places to go is Osteria del Carcere
We started with a local spumante from the Falchini winery and shared a crostoni with saffrom infused sheeps milk ricotta. For our first course.. I had Zuppa di Cipolla, a lovely Tuscan onion soup made with the new red onions from Tropea and then thickened with bread cubes and some fresh tuscan pecorino cheese; much lighter than the French version. My husband went right for the meat! Elena and Riba have based their menu on many of the dishes created by Dario Cecchini, which is how we met over 10 years ago when they opened.
They have recreated a wonderful dish that even Dario doesn't do anymore... a pistacchio and orange stuffed turkey breast, roasted and then served with a warm orange sauce. Still one of my favorites.
After, still having some red wine left ( also by Falchini) we opted for a cheese course.( pictured above)
Tiny tastings of several local cheeses, both sheep and goat accompanied with fresh fava beans, olive oil, honey, a green tomato and orange confit, my red pepper jelly ( that I created for Dario) and a sweet wine jelly.
The portions were just right that we could still go for dessert, my favorite part of going to Le Carcere. Elena makes them all herself and I HAVE to have them all!
Last nights selection was: Zuppa inglese, Chocolate Caprese, Lemon Caprese ( both based on a almond cake from the Island of Capri on the Amalfi Coast) and a saffron pinenut cake accompanied by a lovely Vin Santo, Tuscany's dessert wine.
I LOVE EATING OUT!
Mille Grazie Elena and Riba!