A couple of weeks ago I got an email from a complete stranger’s email account.
The Kitchen at IBA&V
So Tuesday night Hill and I went and ended up having one of the very best meals we’ve ever eaten out at a restaurant. We were ushered in and seated at a counter overlooking the kitchen. The counter was set for just two. It seemed pretty clear that no one would be joining us for our personal little viewing. Before we could order drinks, Jenn showed up with some bubbly for Hill and said, “Ezra, your boiler maker tonight will be mother’s milk and applejack.” They had done their research. When I asked her to order for us, she was happy to do so and put together an astonishing meal.
Plate of house cured meats.
Ricotta with herbs and pine nuts.
Octopus with fava beans.
Gnocchi (better than my own. I am both delighted and a little ashamed to report) with wild mushrooms.
Pasta with a simply perfect and delicate red sauce (anchovies and toasted almonds?!).
Roasted short ribs with horseradish shaved over the top.
And salted caramel ice cream and panna cotta with balsamic for desert.
It was magic. Such a random and beautiful act. Go check out Il Buco.