Thursday, September 26, 2013
We began with this Aperol Spritz: Aperol, Prosecco and Soda Water, light and refreshing for the Summer evening when we visited.
We've long been fans of Posto in Davis Square, Somerville. A few weeks after it opened we were among the first bloggers to try the place and reported that stepping inside was really just like taking a trip back to Italy and all of the extraordinary, casual restaurants we visited there, where the food was served simply and made of the finest ingredients. Except for a few, small changes, the food is still excellent. Chef Wyatt Maguire is now Executive Chef and Vanessa Leesam, Sous Chef. Our host for the evening was Alec Riveros, Director of Operations. Some new menu items have been added and they no longer serve brunch, much to our chagrin. Brunch is served, however, at their sister restaurant just down the street, The Painted Burro.
After a few antipasti plates and a wonder baby beet salad we settled into this Fritto: Fried Green Tomato, Fennel Salad and Buttermilk Dressing. The creamy dressing made for a nice balance with the crispy coating.
Bufaia Mozzarella, Prosciutto, Grilled Yellow Peach and Rosemary Honey. The cheese and honey are sourced from Vermont. The combination of salty and sweet with different textures made this a standout and so simple.
Our pasta dish was Gnocchi with Lamb, Pecorino Toscano, and Vidalia Onion in a White Wine Sauce. The tender, braised lamb had a delicate flavor and the gnocchi pillows were perfectly turned out.
Rainbow Trout, Kale, Marcona Almond and Marrow. We just sampled a taste but when ordered at the restaurant you get the whole trout. Again, exceedingly fresh, simple and the flavors delicately layered and delicious.
For dessert it was Panna Cotta with Lemon Basil, Strawberry and Shortbread. Creamy and flavorful, this was a very good version.
We tried many other dishes during our visit including their excellent flatbreads made in the traditional Neapolitan method. Wines were served and matched with every dish. Most of the wines are Italian and tend to be on the pricey side. Our only suggestion is that if you are dining there, particularly in the Summer months, the light is very strong. This was the second time the sun was fill-on shining in our face to start dinner. We had to switch spots at the table. While one could dine later and avoid this, window shades or awnings would help. The food, however, has not suffered a bit and Posto remains one of our favorite spots to dine for worthy Italian fare.
187 Elm Street
Somerville, MA 02144