report on Sam's Restaurant
- Nina Wugmeister
Finally went to Sam's this evening, on Court St in Cobble Hill. The place was empty. Ordered the hot antipasto to share, which consisted of unrecognizable pieces of eggplant in various shapes, way too much cheese, and several rubbery, overcooked pieces of seafood. All submerged in a bland, tasteless red sauce. I then got veal with peppers and mushrooms, which came drowned in sauce, and the veal was overcooked and tough as leather. The peppers were so overcooked and soft I could hardly pick them up with my fork. A slight variation on the red sauce - maybe some butter and a little cream, but also bland and tasteless. Bread was warmed, but only to cover up its stale-ness. My friend's shrimp arregannata (sic) was an oily overcooked pile of breadcrumbs with some rubbery pink things floating around (shrimp, so they said).
I had heard the pizza is good, but after 3 DiFara visits last week, my heart wasn't in it. I'll try the pizza there at some point, but the other food - never again.
Wow. That's pretty bad. Sounds worse than usual. I've eaten there a couple of times and found the food mostly unremarkable, but not disasterous. My first time, however, I had spaghetti with garlic and oil and it was suprisingly good -- whole pieces of roasted garlic. The next time I ordered it, though, there was way too much oil and the garlic was bland.
I did recently go back after hearing Arthur Schwartz talk about the pizza (he panned the rest of the food too). It is good, but I have the feeling it could not compare to DiFara's.
Did you ever make it to Ferdinando's?
Sams makes good old fashioned restaurant style thin crust pizza. Some of the best in Brownstone Brooklyn. I think I might even prefer it to Lentos which somehow is just not is tasty or satisfying. I've never even seen anyone eat the food at Sam's so its unchartered territory.
Nina, this is funny, Kathryn and I almost went there on Sunday (we've been talking about it for months). And I've been scheming to take a picture of DiFara's Pizza (preferably with Alexander in the background). Great minds thinking alike? I guess I have to work on my execution, so you don't always beat me to it ...
The pizza is exceptional. The waiter Lou, was born upstairs in the restaurant and his elderly father still makes the pizza (he started out as the dishwasher and bought the restaurant in the 50's) Never order the entrees or pasta or appetizers or wine for that matter! Order the sauteed lemon escarole (tastes like deep fried) and a garlic anchovy pizza or a plain pie with extra sauce. You can dip the crust in the escarole oil...mmmmmmmmmm........and hide a decent bottle o red under the table.
re: Nutritious Jane
I absolutely agree that you shouldnt order anything other than the pizza there, but I'm not all that excited about the pizza either. It's good. But they can be such a pain in the butt with their attitude... I've lived in the neighborhood for 25 years and just cant bring myself to go because Lou, especially, can be so annoying.
By the way, thanks for dredging up the 4 year old posts from Nina. I miss her on the boards, even though we're still friends (had dinner at Ali's last night with CH and other foodboard friends).