Anatomy of a 19-Course Tasting Slideshow
Bread and Butter and Prosciutto
House-cured and homemade, including the butter. With a bottle of wine, I could make a meal of this.
"Changes" — David Bowie
Stracciatella, Apple, Caviar, Nasturtium
Answering the question, how much flavor can you produce with the smallest amount of food?
"She's Gone" and "I Can't Go for That" — Hall & Oates
Sweetbread, Smoky Mayo, Lime
Tender, meaty intensity. I could do a dozen of these gland McNuggets.
"She's Not There" — The Zombies
Polenta, Sea Urchin (San Diego), White Truffle
Who would think to deploy sea urchin and white truffle in the same dish? It works.
"Just What I Needed" — The Cars
Cuttlefish, Bosc Pear, Purple Basil, Jalapeño
An inspired amalgam.
"The Heart of Rock 'n' Roll" — Huey Lewis and The News
Beef Carpaccio, Caviar, Arugula, Gooseberry
Happiness on a plate.
"You're My Best Friend" — Queen
Octopus, Black Garlic, Treviso, Sea Beans
"Wouldn’t It Be Nice" and "God Only Knows" — The Beach Boys
Abalone, Porcini Mushroom, Pumpkin Juice, Olive Oil
"Looking Out My Window" and "Proud Mary" — Creedence Clearwater Revival
“Soft Scramble,” Nduja, Pumpernickel
Looks like the top of a pizza, tastes like a spicy breakfast treat.
"You May Ask Yourself" — Talking Heads
Trudici, Razor Clam, Matsutake, Bottarga
Wonderful new version of pasta with clams, joined by tuna roe.
"I Can’t Help Falling in Love with You" — Elvis Presley
Radish, Squash, Porcini, Red Vein Sorrel, Gouda
"Dancing in the Dark" — Bruce Springsteen
Tongue, Celery Root, Husk Cherry
Not to worry, it doesn’t bite back.
"Ruby Tuesday" — The Rolling Stones
To cleanse the palate.
A moment of silence.
“Strip Steak”: 90-Day Aged Wagyu, Porcini, Burgundy Truffle, Scallion
Aging a steak for that long produces a depth of flavor that borders on funky. In a really good way.
"Pinball Wizard" — The Who
Can we actually devour a whole pizza 16 courses into the meal? Gladly and unapologetically. Even better than it looks.
"Jumping Jack Flash" — The Rolling Stones
Kabocha Squash Gelato
"Only the Good Die Young" and "You May Be Right" — Billy Joel
The Pizza Oven at Work
A perfect nod to the chef.
"Magic Man" — Heart
Seared Foie Gras, Almond, Black Pepper, Winesap and Agnolotti, Nasturtium, Tallegio, White Truffle
"You Can Call Me Al" and "Diamonds on the Soles of Her Shoes" — Paul Simon
Nothing wrong with that.
"Bang a Gong" — T-Rex
Pumpkin Doughnut, Apple Granita, Crème Fraîche, Toasted Pumpkin Seeds and Molasses Gingerbread, Quince Purée, Miticrema gelato, Streusel
Coffee, anyone? Maybe a Grappa?
"Baby Hold On" — Eddie Money
"Jump" — Van Halen