For my first mother’s day, the man skipped the flowers and got me something better—a night out in one of the top restaurants in town: Frasca.
Google Frasca and you’ll immediately come across their list of accolades, including their recent James Beard Award for “Outstanding Wine Program,” as well as competitive rankings on several best restaurant lists. Though I’ve dined at Frasca’s pizzeria concept, Pizzeria Locale, several times, my only experience with Frasca was my turn through their kitchen and stemware room–both featured on Local Table Tours.
When dining at these well-renowned restaurants for the first time you run the risk of your dining experience not meeting the level of expectation you’ve built up in your mind. This however, was not the case at Frasca.
Upon arriving we had the opportunity to either dine at the chef’s table in the kitchen, or in the dining room. Ordinarily I might relish in the chef’s table experience, but tonight was more about savoring the experience with the man. They seated us at a lovely, cozy booth that overlooked the small dining room.
Currently Frasca is presenting two menus: A 4-course, prix fix menu, the Quattro Piatti, and an additional menu inspired by the region of Friuli, Italy. After starting with a toast of Prosecco (Le Colture Prosecco Brut – Veneto, Italy), we decided upon the Quattro Piatti.
And of course, we couldn’t dine at this James Beard Award winner’s restaurant without partaking in their wine program. They prepared a wine flight tailored to each of our selections, and we relaxed, eagerly awaiting the arrival of our selections.
To start, some small bites from the chef:
All of them had very fancy names (which I can’t remember) and were equally delicious. Starting from the back: a smoky fried cheese crisp, a small serving of potato soup, and a wonton “purse” filled with shallots, apples, and other yummy things.
Eat: “Crudo” – Alaskan King Salmon, Asparagus and Preserved Lemon
Drink: La Spinetta (2013) Rosato – Tuscany, Italy
This dish was fresh and bright. I really enjoyed the crunch of the large pieces of sea salt.
Eat: “Saltimbocca” – Veal Sweetbread, Prosciutto, Wild Ramp and Fava Bean
Drink: Edi Keber (2012) Collio Bianco – Friuli, Italy
I was extremely proud of Chris going out of his comfort zone and trying a sweetbread, which is essentially organ meat. I tried it too, but I can’t say I’m a fan of the texture.
Eat: “Tajarin” – Oregon Black Morel Mushroom
Drink: Il Colle (2012) Rosso di Montalcino – Tuscany
This was perhaps my favorite dish of the evening. The house-made pasta is more of an ‘eggy’ style, and you can never go wrong with beautiful morel mushrooms.
Eat: “Gnocchi” – Buckner Farm Lamb Shoulder, Fresh Ceci and Toohey Farm Green Garlic
Drink: Giovanni Rosso Barbera d’Alba (2011) “Donna Margherita” – Piedmonte, Italy
This was also Chris’ favorite meal of the evening. He raved about the wine pairing, calling it “perfection.”
Eat: “Manzo” – Emma Farms Wagyu Beef
Drink: Gavofoli (2012) La Crima Di Morro – Marche, Italy
The beef was cooked perfectly (of course). It was extremely tender and flavorful, and I loved the accompanying kale crisps.
Eat: “Poularde” – Boulder Poularde, Corona and Fava Bean, Huckleberry and White Asparagus
Drink: Ronco del Gnemiz (2012) Rosso di Jacopo – Friuli, Italy
He very much enjoyed the sauce, and the poullarde was tender and moist. I think perhaps there were too many greens on his plate for his liking, but he was a champ and ate all his veggies.
Unfortunately I neglected to take note of the exact desserts we shared, other than the fact that mine resembled a cheesecake with poppyseeds and Chris had a delicious Huckleberry tarte paired with a glass of La Spinetta Moscato d’Asti.
My dessert arrived with “Happy Mother’s Day” written on a palm leaf. I thought it was quite lovely.
Enjoying exceptional meals together is one our passions (well perhaps mine specifically, but the man doesn’t mind indulging alongside me). We had a lovely evening at Frasca and we can’t wait to return!