Had a really good dinner at the new michael mina coastal-italian restaurant run by chef adam sobel (guy savoy, rn74).
The beautiful space and seafood focused menu really reminded me of a more casual marea in nyc.
zeppole, lardo, uni, caviar
This was awesome, meltingly fatty lardo over sweet and briny uni and caviar all on top of a warm crisp zeppole. Perfect start and again reminded me of marea.
D.O.P. Mozzarella Di Buffala, Warm Zeppole, Prosciutto, Caramelized Onion, Wild Flower Honey
Wow, one of the highlights of the night. Great contrast in temperature, flavor and textures going on here, the zeppole was warm and crispy, the mozzarella and olive oil was cool, creamy and nutty and the prosciutto and onions were salty and sweet.
Pacific Oysters, Limoncello Granita, Pink Peppercorn
Really great plump meaty oysters that didn’t get overwhelmed by the granita on top.
pesce palla fritto - Crispy Blowfish Tails, Fennel, Salsa Verde
Another highlight, these were like the perfect gorton’s fisherman fish sticks.
patatine zucca e ricotta - Squash Chips, Lemon Ricotta, Persimmon Conserva
italian nachos, loved the persimmons on the bottom.
topinambur e mortadella - Sunchoke, Truffle Vinaigrette, Pistachio
Great antipasti with tons of umami, sunchokes came boiled and fried under the mortadella.
calamari ripieni - Stuffed California Squid, ‘Nduja, Hazelnut, Valencia Orange
This was a miss, the nduja stuffing was way too salty and overpowered the squid.
focaccia di patate - Basil Pesto, Parmigiano Fonduta
Cool presentation, couldn’t eat more than a slice of this though.
agnolotti di granchio - Dungeness Crab, Truffle, Butternut Squash, Sea Urchin
Favorite pasta of the night
spaghetti alla chitarra con vongole - Clams, Grist & Toll Whole Wheat, Spicy Broccoli
Good texture on the handmade spaghetti but the dish was over-seasoned.
rigatoni “all’amatriciana di mare” - Smoked Tuna Belly, Pecorino Romano, Guanciale
The cheese and the fish wasn’t my favorite, and again over-seasoned.
fior di latte - Ricotta Gelato, New Press Olive Oil, Sea Salt
Loved this and the pistacchio.
arance rosse - Blood Orange Sorbet, Vanilla Cream
pistacchio siciliano - Pistachio Gelato, Preserved Lemon, Amarena Cherry
caffe shakerato - Italian Iced Coffee, Mini Cannoli Trio