Monday, November 9, 2009

Sportello: More Quick Bites

Since my first visit to Sportello, I have dined there a couple more times and the food has been equally as delicious. Their new fall menu has plenty of interesting choices, much to tempt your palate.

Pictured above, the Chestnut Bigoli ($15) is made with lobster, sage, and brown butter. The pasta, cooked properly al dente, had a nice nutty and slightly sweet taste. There were chestnut pieces in the bowl too, adding to the overall nutty taste. There were five pieces of lobster in the bowl and were complemented by the brown butter and chestnut flavors. This bigoli has lots of potential and I could see it used in various dishes, maybe with a wild boar ragu or duck confit.

The Anson Mills Polenta Rustica ($14) with veal ragout and parmigiano-reggiano is the perfect remedy for a cold day. It is an ideal comfort food, a stick-to-your-ribs meal. You get a large bowl of hot polenta, the consistency of Cream of Wheat, with veal ragout in the center of the bowl, lots of tender and flavorful meat. The rich corn flavor is complemented by the ragout, which you can swirl into the polenta, mixing it up.

I should also give a shout-out to their Pumpkin Whoopie Pies, served at their bakery. The pumpkin cakes had a delicious flavor without overdoing the pumpkin taste. Pumpkin can sometimes be too overwhelming in a dish, but these cakes had just the right amount of pumpkin and spice. There was a creamy, vanilla filling between the cakes and I very much enjoyed this dessert.

Service was excellent on all of my visits. I continue to be impressed with Sportello and definitely recommend it to my readers.

348 Congress St.
Boston, MA
Phone: 617-737-1234

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