warm bread pudding at circo
went to osteria del circo last night. they had this
dessert special of warm bread pudding topped with
caramelized pecans. it was awesome. if you're ever
there and see it on the menu, you must order it.
everything else was hit or miss. the tuna tartar was
lame. skip it. the lobster salad was excellent.
egi's ravioli was great. the agnolotti with shrimp and
corn in curry sauce was awful. the red snapper okay.
i loved the room and service was good. sorry can't go
into details about the food but i'm pressed for time.
more later. thanks!
Mmmmm. That sounds wonderful! Does Circo seem like
the kind of place that would be amenable to you having
an appetizer, glass of wine and dessert? For some
reason, I don't think I could eat that after an entree
but I'd love to try it. (...and given your lukewarm
review of the rest of what you ate, that might be the
way to go.)
Your description reminds me of this dessert that I had
in the Ivy in London called Sticky Toffee Pudding. It
was sinfully sweet and rich to the nth degree and was
one of the most divine things I've ever eaten! Moist,
warm, soft and luscious. I found a recipe for it in a
special London Restaurants issue of Bon Apetit and it
brought it all back to me. I'll make it in the Fall.
Too unctuous for hot weather...
re: Pam Sommers
i don't think they would mind if you did that. after
all, you're the diner and you can order what you want.
maybe if you tell them up front that's what you plan
on doing they won't be offended. i think you can get a
full meal there though and still get the bread pudding.
start with the lobster salad, go with an appetizer
portion of egi's ravioli (with the sage butter sauce)
or a pizza, and then get the bread pudding.
the bread pudding is actually not too heavy or
exceedingly sweet. it is heavenly though and sounds
similar to what you describe. it's maybe the size of a
hockey puck, or for a better visual, a warm chocolate
torte. make sure though that it's on the menu that day
as it's a daily special and not a regular menu item.
I've peeked into this place a few times when I've gone
to a movie at the Ziegfeld, but the timing has never
worked out. Now I'm motivated to plan ahead! I've
also heard that they have bomboloni in the morning -
these amazing sort of custard filled donuts my husband
& I became addicted to in Florence on a recent trip.
We more or less ate them in every bomboloni stall,
bakery and cafe that we could find them in - it became
a mission. Unfortunately, there is barely the
slightest chance I'll ever be near Osteria del Circo
in the morning but you never know...!
re: Pam Sommers
For what it's worth, when I was a student - and had
more discretionary income than I have now - I often
went to places and ordered just whatever dessert caught
my eye. At Ernie's on the Upper West Side, I tried the
"Death By Chocolate", for instance. I was pretty
unapologetic about taking up a whole table (for 2) by
myself, and it's true what Wonki says: you're the
I never could reserve for 1 at Princess Pamela's,
though; they always hung up on me.
re: Pam Sommers
didn't know they did that with the bomboloncini.
that'd be great though. the actual dessert comes three
to a plate with passion fruit and some other fruit
sauce underneath. the donuts are great, though mini
size, and come filled with chocolate, custard, and
raspberry jelly. good luck!