I cannot believe it has been two years already since I went to Osteria Del Circo, the restaurant from the Maccioni family, the owners of Le Cirque. It was for their first annual Bollito Misto and I got the privilege to meet with the matriarch of the family: Mama Egi.
So, this time, I went for Winter Restaurant Week 2016 with few of my colleagues, for lunch. Their lunch menu offered a nice variety of dishes, from soups to salad, fish to meat or ravioli.
After eating some of the bread (focaccia, olive and sticks), my appetizer arrived. I went for the scallop crudo that was scallop carpaccio served with black currants, blood orange and a citrus sauce.
I should first mention how beautiful the presentation was, with vibrant colors. Then, the dish was delicious, quite refreshing and delicate, the scallop being very thin and pairing perfectly with the various fruit on the plate.
Then, for the entree, I decided to go vegetarian...I ordered the ravioli di Mama Egi, hand made ravioli stuffed with bufala ricotta cheese and spinach and served with a sage brown butter.
These ravioli were divine: the shell was perfectly cooked and the filling delicious, with enough ricotta so it did not get overpowered by the spinach.
For dessert, I chose the apple tart that was served with a milk gelato.
That was a great dessert, the crust being so deliciously buttery I could have eaten another one.
I should mention that we decided to accompany the meal with a red wine: a Rosso di Montacino, Pietranera 2012 from Italy.
This was definitely a delicious meal and Osteria Del Circo definitely embraced the spirit of Restaurant Week by proposing a menu with a wide range of dishes, well prepared and where you will not leave feeling hungry. It definitely made me want to go back there...
Enjoy (I did)!
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