24 October 2011
a brunch at Al di La
It's been a few years since I've dined at Al di La. Oddly, I hadn't brunched at the Michelin guide recommended venue yet. We met a handful of friends early (11:30am) to avoid the mob scene that would ensue over the next few hours.
I sipped a smooth cappuccino as we nibbled on house made bread and discussed the menu.
For myself, the duck confit hash: lightly poached egg, roasted red pepper, green olives, capers and spinach. The olives and capers salt the dish beautifully. I ate slowly to enjoy the experience longer.
Others at the table enjoyed the squash soup special, farro salad, hangar steak, ricotta cavatelli and Trippa alla Toscana (photographed above). The well-arranged dishes provided an aesthetic quality, beyond their superb flavor.