Meant to celebrate a reunion of dear friends, our time at Ristorante al Portone became an unforgettable evening of exquisite yet accessible gastronomy. Madame Carré greeted us warmly and patiently. She also suggested a delicious local white wine to enjoy alongside our creative and perfectly prepared meals. Offered an amusé of beetroot sorbet with unexpected accents, we enjoyed the gracious indulgence. A basket of varied and complex breads was shared with a tapenade and oil. Agnolotti and Pappardelle dishes featured tender handmade pasta and delightfully balanced sauces with enough salt and acids to make me wish for more. A simple chicken became a masterpiece in Chef’s hands. The lamb was done to perfection and served appropriately with Chef’s own rosti.
It is rare to have sweetbreads so expertly and ethereally prepared- the best I have ever experienced. Tender, not even a suggestion of bitterness or of resistance. For dessert, mousse au chocolate was light and airy- made with no butter or cream! Mango and wasabi sorbet was delicious, and again, an unexpected combination of asparagus and mascarpone sorbet was joyful. Chef came from the kitchen after preparing our meal a la minute and looked as if it was hardly an effort. He shared with us his experiences cooking around the world and it was so nice to see Chef and his wife interact. Clearly a lovely and supportive couple whose passion is graciously shared with diners. We will return.
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