A birthday chow tour: Neptune, Prezza, Bacco
Darling sister took me on a birthday chow tour last night.
First up-Neptune--grabbed seats at the bar and we each had one of every available oyster (how flippin' happy was I!!!). Loved them all, but some more than others as we enjoyed, carefully tasted and scored them. Tops were: Kumamoto, Thatch Island, Wellfleet, and Evening Cove. When I say "tops" I mean ranging from 9.7 to 9.5-the others were 9.1 and above--it was close!! Washed down with the Borgo Magredo Prosecco. A real birhtday wish come true!
Next, on to Prezza for drinks and apps. We split the roasted figs stuffed with gorgonzola and wrapped in prosciutto--another favorite of mine and this one done so very well! We also split the fried zucchini blossoms over tomatoes and polenta. Very tasty. These were savored with a Bastianich Tocai for me and and old vine zin for sister--both great wines.
We had planned to split a pasta dish or other entree at the next stop, but were just too full. So we strolled around deciding on the next great place for a glass of wine. Sister had been eyeing Bacco's lovely spot all night, so in we went. Shiraz for her, Frangelico for me. And we somehow found room for a cannoli. Which, while not Mike's or Modern's, was very good!
As you can imagine, the North End immediately after St. Anthony's feast over Labor Day is quiet and lovely. Had this been the weekend, we never would have strolled in whereever we liked for terrific seats and focused attention. It was just a perfect evening. We would have stayed longer, but had to get the last return ferry home.
Such a lovely, chowish evening.