After stopping by Page Bond Gallery for a great opening featuring Alyssa Solomon's salt prints, we had a nice meal at Gary York's Enoteca Sogno. I am embarrassed to admit that it was my first visit. Gary studied with one of the masters, Ed Vasaio of Mamma Zu, and learned his lessons well. It's a simple space with a simple menu, and that's the beauty of it. I have to stop for a moment of self importance- as I was giving my last name to the hostess for the waiting list, a woman sitting at the bar turned around and said, are you "the John Haddad?" I wasn't sure what to say- did I owe her money, or was I responsible for something I didn't know about? And then she said- see... capers... (and I noticed some capers on her plate.) I was telling my husband about your caper story in Style Magazine. It was a strange moment. I didn't know what to say. So I smiled and said "enjoy your meal." I am not used to this kind of paparazzi.
So back to dinner. It was a good meal. The Petty's joined us for a tasty dive into an antipasti platter ( a nice combo of grilled vegetables, artichoke hearts, prosciutto, mortadella, warm pecorino, roaasted red peppers) and white bean crostini. We enjoyed a few bottles of an Italian Barbera and Johnny and I both had a tasty ox-tail ragu over fresh tagliatelle- a rich sauce with deep flavors ( By the way, oxtail is no longer the actual tail of an ox but rather the tail of a cow or bull-its kind of a bony & tough piece of meat that needs to be cooked for a long time) Syd enjoyed pasta with ricotta, rapini and spicy italian sausage while Susannah was so-so on her bolognese- it lacked much body and had almost no tomato or veggie presence. A panna cotta for the table finished off the meal-rich and smooth while not too heavy.
I'll be back. Dreaming of the simple foods of Italy. Well done Gary.