I think it’s time we take a break from the excessive amount of Mexican we’ve been highlighting on JAC as of late, shall we? I use the term “break” loosely as I have a feeling I’ll be scarfing down tacos again soon once I get a chance to hit up the new Taco Truck next week, but for now, lets go with Italian.
Italian food has a special place in my heart. Being half-Italian, I grew up living off of my Nonna’s homemade meatballs. I ate so many I’m honestly shocked (and equally elated) that I didn’t turn out looking like one. When I was in college, I decided to do my semester abroad in Italy. Living in Florence for five months, and travelling throughout the country during my stay, I was housing every food item in sight; visiting the gelateria daily, scooping up fresh balls of bufala sfusa at Mercado Central, and indulging in the best kebabs known to man during the wee hours of the night. Okay, I know kebabs are not Italian, but for some reason they taste better in Italy. Just like everything else. Given my caloric intake during my time there you’d think I would have doubled in size, but I actually managed to lose weight – which only fueled my love for Italian food that much more.
It’s been a while since I last stepped foot on Italian soil, but every once in a while I end up at a restaurant that somehow brings me back. And this dinner I had at Posto, was one of those times.
There are always a few food items I can’t resist when it comes to ordering. Most of those food items reside on the appetizer list. I’ll never get sick of sharing small plates, that’s just my style. My must haves?
Carpaccio — here we have Vermont grass-fed sirloin courtesy of Boyden Farm, topped with a healthy dose of parmesan and arugula, drizzled with black truffle aioli and sprinkled with croutons. Tender beef, tangy cheese, crunchy croutons, rich truffles…I can’t.
What is there not to love about a deep fried ball stuffed with risotto and cheese? The arancini at Posto happen to be made with Lemon risotto which was totally refreshing.
Guess what’s hidden under that massive mound of melted mozzarella… MEATBALLS! Nonna’s Meatballs, to be specific. No but literally, the menu lists them as such. Note – if you ever see the word Nonna in front of the word Meatball on a menu, just order it. You know it’s going to be good. These guys were made from a combination of free range beef, pork, & veal, drowning in a dish of pomodoro sauce and mozzarella, served “Al forno”.
After our primi courses, it came time for segundis — Spicy Crab Linguine made with Jonah Crab meat, serrano peppers, guanciale, lemon, mint, and chives, topped with a lil’ bit of pecorino Romano; the Classic Bolognese comes made with a mix of pork, veal and beef, oregano, and parmesan served over tagliatelle pasta; and the Beef Short Rib which comes topped with a generous portion of Potato gnocchi and parmesan crema. All of them were awesomesauce. If I had to pick a favorite, it would have to be the Short Rib Gnocchi, but I’m glad there were plenty of us in attendance to take down all three.
And then there was pizZA!
The Trentino (above) topped with caramelized Vidalia onions, Italian fontina, roasted green onions, parmesan, and two farm fresh eggs, and the Honeycrisp Apple (below) topped with roasted apples, Gorgonzola crema, applewood bacon, caramelized onions, arugula, and vin cotto.
To be honest I thought the pizza prices were a bit steep. I’m used to eating at Za religiously, where a pizza the same size goes for $7-$10. At Posto, most of the small-to-medium sized pizzas were priced around $16 which I found a bit ridiculous, but everything in the touristy city of Florence was overpriced as well so it added to the whole vibe of being back in Italy.
What’s not pictured here is the Tiramisu, which was phenomenal and maybe the best I’ve ever had (and I don’t even like Tiramisu) and the homemade Rosemary bread which paired perfectly with the chili-infused olive oil that resided on our table all night long. I couldn’t help myself from pouring it all over everything.
Posto really provided the perfect place for our family-style Italian affair. Aside from the great tasting food, the service was great and the ambiance was ideal for group get-togethers, romantic date nights and casual quick bites at the bar. So basically anytime would be a good time to go, except Sunday nights, because they’re closed.
*ps I know my titles cheesy, but I couldn’t help it. Step off me.