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What do you love at Esca (din tomorrow for 5)?

fat parish Sep 17, 2009 08:12 PM

Hey ya'll. Haven't been yet, have heard good things but nothing specific. Anything outstanding you recommend? (or nix?)

  1. fat parish Sep 17, 2009 10:35 PM

    thanks. mmm...sounds great.

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      steve h. Sep 17, 2009 11:34 PM

      razor clams haven't been mentioned. spaghetti neri is a favorite of mine.
      the wine selection is above average.

    2. hcbk0702 Sep 17, 2009 09:05 PM

      Another vote for the maccheroni alla chittara.

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        beaulieu Sep 18, 2009 12:29 AM

        A third vote for vote for the maccheroni alla chittara, but don't plan to discuss it. The music is loud and bad, like Mario Batali.

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        stephaniec25 Sep 17, 2009 08:26 PM

        They update their menu very regularly, so it's tough to say what will be there.

        I will say the whole fish cooked in sea salt for two is always a wise choice and they de-bone for you tableside. I also enjoy the bianchetti which is a staple of the menu. The bianchetti is "french fries of the sea," which is tiny baby fish fried up and served (my description might be lacking, sorry but they are good I promise). Delicious for a pre-appetizer snack!!

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          small h Sep 17, 2009 08:22 PM

          The crudo, particularly the pink snapper and the hamachi. And the Maccheroni alla Chittara with sea urchin and crabmeat. Note that you could mix sea urchin with sawdust and I would probably still eat it.

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            Cpalms Sep 18, 2009 11:36 AM

            I love esca, however I think the crudo is somnewhat skipable. definatly don't do the tasting, just get one...maybe....my vote for their best pasta is the lobster spaghetti...

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            ExFlexitarian Sep 17, 2009 08:20 PM

            Huge fan of the spaghetti a la chitarra with sea urchin roe and crab.

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              maggiej Sep 18, 2009 11:10 AM

              second the spaghetti with sea urchin.

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                kathryn Sep 18, 2009 11:17 AM

                Yes, thirded.

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                  foodwhisperer Sep 19, 2009 02:41 PM

                  wow, i guess they changed the menu,.. that dish sounds excellent ,,before most things had a morrocan flair to it

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                    stephaniec25 Sep 20, 2009 10:26 AM

                    Foodwhisperer - not sure if you are talking about the same place. Esca has always been an Italian-style seafood restaurant. Definitely never anything Morrocan on the menu!

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