I know, I’ve already devoted two blogs to Il Cibo but not having been back for two years (shocking) , I wondered whether it would be as delightful an experience as it had been on the previous occasions.
As the place filled up, pretty damned quickly as it happens, Mary just got stuck in. Short of waiting staff, what else to do but roll her sleeves up and deliver plates of food like a whirling Dervish.
Speaking of which, my glorious starter of raw tuna and swordfish was a triumph of flavours and texture. Soft, delicate flesh adorned with lemon and capers, I could have eaten it three times over. My dining companion chose very wisely indeed; the vitello tonnato, the softest veal draped with a tuna sauce that was quite delectable.
The wine, a really fine Greco di Tufo (by Pietracupa) and fondly remembered as my first introduction to this wine so many years back, is now pretty ubiquitous, but it’s streets ahead of any supermarket offering.
For those of you who are unfamiliar with ‘N’duja’, it’s a spicy, soft salami that just lifts a sauce to soaring heights and it’s so full of gusto that a little goes a long, long way. The paccheri was served with N’duja and melted Mozzarella, another delightful dish, whilst the devoted carnivore in me devoured the rare rack of lamb; simple, unspoiled and a meaty pleasure.
A little plate of sweet treats later and another irresistible bottle of Greco I left, tipsy, heady with delight, belly full and ashamed that I could have left it so long. A truly sensational night to remind me exactly how it’s done. Fanbloodytastic.
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