R.I.P, Caffe Umbra
I managed to get by a few times over the last couple of weeks, revisiting some favorites from the Greatest Hits of Caffe Umbra menu that chef/owner Laura Brennan put together as her last hurrah here. I had the house-made charcuterie, that superb burger, frisee salad with the batter-fried poached egg, chicken under a brick, steak frites, cassoulet, Green Goddess salad, the Spanish trio (hake cakes, lobster-stuffed squid, clams in a nice broth with white beans), short ribs macaroni, sticky toffee pudding, salted caramel ice cream, fennel bread pudding. And a bunch of Joe Carbonara's cocktails, ever masterful, plus some sensibly-priced French and Italian wines. It wasn't brought back for an encore, but we loved-loved-loved the porchetta panino, too.
A bittersweet experience: I can think of few restaurants where I've had so many good times with friends and family over a period of years. Thanks to Laura, Ron, Joe, Christine, Sam, and all the other folks, front and back, who provided us with such great service and so many fine dinners. We will miss you terribly, and wish you the best in your next ventures.