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My $21 Dessert at Babbo

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Oliverstreet Jun 29, 2006 08:27 PM

Last night my husband and I splurged on our first dinner at Babbo. We followed most of the recommendations on the board (mint love letters, beef cheek ravioli, octopus salad) and made a couple of nice discoveries of our own including the pig's foot milanese (tasted like breaded and fried bacon, yum) and the peas with amazingly salty, chewy hunks of pancetta.

When it came time for dessert, the server informed us of a dessert special. Fresh strawberries and strawberry gelatto with black pepper and topped with 15 yr old aged balsamic vinegar. He informed us it would be $21. My husband thought -- what the hell. You only live once, right?

Well, I have to say, after all the buildup of a $21 dessert, the result was fairly disappointing. Three scoops of strawberry gelato (admittedly very good, but no black pepper bite to be found), a scattering of chopped strawberries, and then 3 tiny dots of aged balsamic. The balsamic was delicious, but so scarce as to be downright frustrating. A sad end to a good (but honestly, not amazing) meal.

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    anon646 RE: Oliverstreet Jun 29, 2006 09:00 PM

    I have friends that love Babbo, and I have to say that I love it myself. However, I think that for the time you have to spend to either get a reservation or wait to eat at the bar, and for the money that you wind up spending, there are better.

    Don't get me wrong...Babbo is great...but it's not transcendant.

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      kevin RE: Oliverstreet Jun 29, 2006 09:08 PM

      it was good actually very good when i went and sat at the bar for dinner, about a one minute wait was all it took but then again this was back in december when it was pretty cold out.

      the saffron panna cotta with quince compote was darn delicious. 12 bucks per.

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        anon646 RE: kevin Jun 29, 2006 09:37 PM

        I haven't had the pasta tasting menu yet...my fiance and I have been meaning to. How good is it?

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