Wednesday, November 14, 2012
It's only mid-November, but I'm really starting to want it to be winter. Because winter means snow, and snow means cozy pajamas, lighting candles and pretending I'm in front of a fireplace, baking and eating cookies, and drinking lots of hot chocolate. There were some snow flurries the other day, and I got really excited, but unfortunately nothing stuck to the ground. From the way the weather forecast looks I'm probably going to have to wait until after thanksgiving for snow.
But just because I'm excited for winter doesn't mean I can't enjoy the last bits of fall!
Last week Richard and I went to a restaurant here in Madison called Nostrano. Like many of the restaurants I love, it has a delicious seasonal menu. I love seasonal menus for many reasons. One is because it means the menu is always changing, which is really exciting for me! Especially if it is a restaurant I like to go to often. Another reason is that I often get to try new and interesting foods that are only in season for a brief amount of time. And, of course, I am always craving foods and flavors of the season so the menus always make me happy!
Everything we had at Nostrano was amazing. The soup was so smooth and creamy, even though there was no cream. The pappardelle was one of the best pastas I have ever had in my life. I love the thick, hand cut noodles cooked al dente which perfectly blended with the deliciously saucy lamb ragu.
It was obvious to everyone in the restaurant that we enjoyed our meal, especially the dessert, because as we tasted it a woman next to us laughed and said "You guys are smiling a lot, so that must be good." Yes, yes it was.
RYE SPATZLI | PUMPKIN SEEDS | SMOKED MAPLE | SAG
FARM EGG | ROASTED SUNCHOKES | SMOKED GUANCIALE | BLACK TRUFFLE VINAIGRETTE
Scallops | Cauliflower | Pistachios
LAMB RAGÙ | CEYLON CINNAMON | PRESERVED MEYER LEMON | MINT
GNOCCHI | SPINACH | HEN OF THE WOODS MUSHROOMS | PICHOLINE OLIVES
CARAMEL GELATO | SEA SALT | ESPRESSO | BOMBOLINI
CHESTNUT WAFFLE | HONEYCRISP APPLES | RAW HONEY | MASCARPONE SORBETTO