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Why Peasant instead of Po?

VAfoodie Jun 29, 2008 06:44 AM

Several here have suggested Peasant over Po (couldn't get a table at Babbo; already been to Lupa). Just curious about what the specific merits of one is over the other. Also for some reason I can't get a menu of Po to show up. I get a flag that says it could harm my computer!

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    Lucia RE: VAfoodie Jun 29, 2008 06:53 AM

    While I enjoy Po, I think that the food and atmosphere are a few notches above at Peasant. Po is more of a neighborhood restaurant whereas I would travel to Peasant.

    1. prdct RE: VAfoodie Jun 30, 2008 02:45 PM

      I actually much prefer the food at Po to Peasant, which I generally find to be fine but unexciting. I've never had a stand out dish at Peasant, whereas I have had several at Po. Peasant has a much more bustling vibe though.

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        _emilie_ RE: prdct Feb 9, 2009 07:34 AM

        I haven't been to Peasant yet, but I too want to stick up for Po. I just went there recently and had the tasting menu -- they wouldn't tell us what it was going to be beforehand (always up to the chef I guess?) so we just told them to be adventurous. Everything we had was phenomenal. An anchovy salad that was super refreshing, kale ravioli, sweetbreads with egg and crispy potatoes, a rabbit pasta... all were so, so great. We went to Perilla a couple weeks later, and (sorry Perilla), Po blew it away. By miles.

        I'm still looking forward to trying Peasant, but don't count Po out just yet!

      2. prdct RE: VAfoodie Jun 30, 2008 02:46 PM

        Also, have tried this link for the Po menu?

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          Jorel RE: VAfoodie Jun 30, 2008 04:02 PM

          Po is nothing special. It was great back in the day when it was a Batali restaurant, but now it is no better than a neighborhood Italian restaurant, albeit with a nicer dining room and higher prices. Peasant, while clearly not Babbo, is a very good restaurant in its own right. Great suckling pig. I don't think there is much of a contest between the two restaurants. Peasant is just much better.

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            steakrules85 RE: Jorel Feb 9, 2009 06:08 AM

            Does the suckling pig come with the bone?

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              RCC RE: steakrules85 Feb 9, 2009 06:27 AM

              No bone. Just cut-up chunky pieces with crackling skin. A very good dish.

              Edited to add: Just remembered that there may be some small rib bones ... usually the succulent ones.

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                steakrules85 RE: RCC Feb 9, 2009 10:10 AM

                Good to know thanks! I loveeeeee that crackling skin too... how is the meat very juicy?

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