Upon arrival we were greeted with glasses of prosecco and parmigiano reggiano, sliced fresh from a giant wheel and drizzled in balsamic. As we made our way into the bar and lounge area, antipasti were passed, martinis were poured, and a gorgeous plated appetizer station beckoned. There was everything from homemade buratta, affettati misti: porchetta and prosciutto, fig jam, local truffle honey, roasted vegetables and artisian stone hearth breads. I sipped a refreshing cocktail called The Tuscan made with Stoli, muddled basil, lime juice and sugar.
After everyone was seated for dinner, we started with a duo of pastas; Canneloni di Vitello - thin sheets of rosemary pasta stuffed with slow braised veal breast, spinach and tuscan bean mista, and Truffled Mascarpone Gnocci with wood roasted mushrooms, fava beans and shaved pecorino tartufo. These pasta creations elicited high praise all around; the Canneloni was my favorite dish of the evening. The secondi course brought our choice of Pan Roasted Cod with an herb leek butter crust and rock shrimp in a sweet pea saffron risotto, or Filetto di Manzo a 10oz aged wood grilled filet with carmelized garlic, tuffled parmesan fingerlings and a brussels sprout and panchetta slaw.
Guests were sent off to the market's Caffe Toscano for farewell coffee, pastry and gelato. I got an espresso and a scoop of vanilla with a scoop of tiramisu, a sweet ending to a wonderful evening!
24 New England Executive Park
Burlington, MA 01803