2006, Luca Ferraris, Monferrato Rosso Il Re
Favorite Lunch Dish:
The Polipo dish was outstanding. The octopus was cooked beautifully and seasoned perfectly. The potatoes contained just the right amount of smoke – overall, an excellently balanced plate. The Fusilli, a Marea trademark dish, was delicious, don’t get us wrong, but we were a little disappointed in the weak presence of the bone marrow. We were left wanting “more marrow!” with each bite. Anyone who likes bone marrow can surely relate.
Least Favorite Lunch Dish:
The Sgombro was good, but in comparison to the rest of the spread, it was easily surpassed. We had some differing opinions at the table about the presence of the duck prosciutto. Some thought it got lost in the dish, others that that the saltiness and firmness of the prosciutto was a defining element of the dish as a whole.
Other Lunch Highlights:
We chose to partake in Marea’s Business Lunch. This consists of a Primo and a Secondo for a fixed price and then you can order additional items as you wish. One thing to note about this is that the portions of the Business Lunch are rather small, so chances are, you’ll end up selecting a few additional menu items and possibly spending just as much as you would have in the first place. On the other hand, because of the small portions, this is nice way to get to taste more dishes without overstuffing yourself.
What we Ordered at Dinner:
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We were seated right away and got a the familiar wine-induced warm fuzzies as we passed the wine cooler, which was filled to the brim, as was the restaurant, packed with patrons.