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What Should I get at SPQR?

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  • pirog Nov 27, 2007 10:44 AM
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Going to dinner for the first time at SPQR. What are the "must have" dishes? I don't eat meat but love seafood.

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  1. For small plates I adored the brussels sprouts and thought the escarole was ok. (I don't eat meat either). I had a pasta with broccoli and found it to be bland and oversalted. Found the desserts (budino with quince, pistachios, caramel candy and the chocolate panini) to be less than wonderful.

    1. Sweetbreads.... [sigh]. Also the pork croquette if it is on the menu, which changes daily.

      1. ANYTHING with pork in it! Seriously! And the carbonara was amaxing

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        1. re: chaddict

          Since the original poster specified that s/he doesn't eat meat, can you recommend any seafood dishes for him/her?

          1. re: Ruth Lafler

            Doh! I am an idiot! I spred-read that. The rigatoni al cacio e pepe was excellent as well.

            1. re: chaddict

              Me too - apologies...

        2. I haven't been yet, but Patricia Unterman recently reviewed it, so here is the link. http://www.examiner.com/a-1069657~SPQ...

          1. I liked the calamari entree - have had it a couple of times. The tuna conserva appetizer is a favorite. My mouth is watering to think about it. And the budino dessert is to die for. Cacio e pepe pasta is quickly becoming my "must have" item there.

            1. we loved the the tuna conserva salad and the chantrelle mushrooms with sunchokes. shared the lamb chop entree which was also delicious, for those readers who do eat meat!

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              1. re: stuckinschool

                The chanterelle/sunchoke is made with pancetta from my recollection, but I'm sure they'll leave it out. I've sat at the chef's bar every time I've gone, and watch them make dish modifications on a regular basis.

              2. Great suggestions! Sounds like the pasta is a must to try.