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Jul 10, 2009 09:20 AM

Your Ideal meal at Scarpetta?

What would you order if you were dining alone at Scarpetta? Here is what I was thinking... My toughest decision is main course.

Appetizer- The braised short ribs and the creamy polenta
Pasta- Duck foie gras ravioli
Main- Stuck between the ribeye, pork chop, and their signature capretto (never had goat but consider myself an adventurous foodie!)

They told me the ribeye is not bone-in so this is probably deter me from getting it. Although I could have sworn that I saw a pic of the ribeye and it did come on the bone. Maybe it was a special or something that night who knos.

Dessert- Either the chocolate/vanilla parfait, banana budino, or walnut torte.


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  1. Definite Yes on the might want to get two cause it is JUST THAT GOOD

    As for pasta...i had the duck foie gras ravioli and it was good. But there was an asian tasting overtone to it. Wasn't what I was looking for in a pasta. The tomato and basil on the other hand...was to DIE FOR. I'd forgo the ravioli and do the tomato and basil instead. I know it's hard to imagine how great can this dish really taste...but it just is. i didn't finish my ravioli but was licking the plate with the tomato and basil.

    For desserts...we got the molten chocolate cake. you can't even really go wrong with that

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    1. re: kelea

      Just called and the ribeye is no longer on the menu. It is a sirloin now and is indeed boneless. The receptionist convinced me that this is the way to go..

      Short ribs, polenta
      Ravioli or Spaghetti
      Capretto or Pork Chop
      Amadei Chocolate cake

      Hmm I don't know!

      1. re: steakrules85

        We haven't been to Scarpetta yet, but we did eat Conant's food when he was at L'Impero. His signature polenta with wild mushrooms is a died-and-gone-to-heaven dish. Not to be missed! The capretto is another signature; however, I found it to be too dry.

        Btw, No prices on his on-line menu ticks me off royally!

    2. The capretto is amazing but you REALLY have to like goat. It has a very distinct flavor that the person I dined with was not a fan of but that I absolutely loved. Might not be best to get that if you aren't sure (or try splitting entrees so you can get a taste of everything!)

      The spaghetti with tomato sauce is really the best pasta there but I also enjoyed the one with sweetbreads (forget exactly what it was)

      For an appetizer get the soft shelled crabs if they are still on the menu!

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      1. re: stephaniec25

        What does goat taste like? I have heard a mix of beef and lamb. And what about the texture? Is it a thick cut of meat or is it more like a pulled pork type consistency??

        I am having a hard time trying to decide between Momofuku Ssam and Scarpetta.

        1. re: steakrules85

          To be honest, goat tastes like...well...goat. It's unusual and maybe can be described as something akin to a more earthy tasting mutton perhaps? Sorry, maybe others can give a better description.

          The way its served at Scarpetta is cut up into bite-size chunks with a side of a more braised cut that pulls apart.

          1. re: stephaniec25

            Sounds awesome. I have had the mutton chop at Keens and loved the taste of that.

            1. re: steakrules85

              As stephanie25 says, goat has its own flavor. It's assertive but not overpowering. Imo, if you are going to try it, I highly recommend doing so at the new restaurant, Aldea. Chef/owner George Mendes' goat dish is superb!


              1. re: RGR

                I agree. I found the goat at Scarpetta disappointing, whereas the one at Aldea was phenomenal, and I am a big fan of goat. The flavor should be much more delicate than beef or lamb, more like a cross between veal and pork, but much more interesting. I was not wild about the pork chop either. I'd have the black cod, which is really wonderful.

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        1. The farfalle with sweetbreads is amazing - that's what I was thinking of, above.

        2. This is making me feel good about booking a table here for my husband's birthday. We'll be dining at Scarpetta next Friday evening.

          1. for me it's:

            -- yellowtail crudo
            -- asparagus soup w/ mussels (simply awesome)
            -- black cod w/ tomato

            sidenote re: capretto...i liked it ok, but i actually found their version to be not gamey-enough for me...i've eaten goat at Mexican places and homes in LA, where it's really earthy and pungent...Scarpetta's goat is much more mild, and i also didn't think it needed the potatoes...consistency is reasonably close to pulled-pork...

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              1. re: filmbomb

                I think you mean "capretto." :-)