Months ago, a bunch of us FBM friends went out to celebrate our dear KC's birthday. She always wanted to try Barbuto but never had the chance. So why would we and not help make that birthday wish come true?
So after our dear KC scared the waiter with her Human Centipede scarf, we ordered a bunch of appetizers to share, and then entrees for ourselves. First, the calamari fritti ($15) with lightly battered squid tossed with frisee salad, chilis, and olive dressing. Fried calamari can often times be very heavy but not this dish. Nope. In fact, it was light, tender, and flavorful. Even though we were in the dead of wintry weather hell, this dish kept it interesting with the heat. This dish is very versatile. It can definitely be served in warmer weather. A good all season plate.
Next up, the bruschetta ($12) with soft egg, wild mushrooms, and podda classico (cheese). The bruschetta ingredients do rotate with the seasons but this rendition was just perfect. Thick toasted bread topped with runny and tender eggs, earthy mushrooms, and creamy cheese. Forget dinner, I could eat this for breakfast and be extremely happy. Again, simple yet elegant dish. Well executed.
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