Snow parking ban so we used Valet Parking which was overwhelmed by the crowd. The restaurant was so full I thought we would have to wait at the bar. But they seated up promptly at a very nice table. Alejandro, from Buenos Aires, was our server and he is excellent. No rush, good service, great personality; we will be back for the regular menu and to have him be our server again.
Now to the food. The Taste of Hartford menus don't usually excite me but this one had quite a few items to choose from. We both started with a glass of wine: Estancia Chardonnay [$7] and my Fumé Blanc Ferrari [$8.50]. Same appetizer for both: Prosciutto “Sushi Style ~ slices of imported prosciutto di Parma rolled with gorgonzola, black mission figs, and a drizzling of fig and balsamic essence [this looked like three tiny pieces so sushi but was so rich there could be no more on the dish].
Her entrée was the Ossobuco di Maiale ~ slow cooked Korubota pork ossobuco till fork tender with soffritto vegetables and gremolata in a white balsamic scented white wine natural reduction served with butternut polenta and sauteed garden vegetables [great taste, fell of the bone and the butternut polenta was a dream]. My entrée was the Ravioli all ‘Arancia ~ housemade ravioli filled with ricotta, spinach, and orange rind in a sauce of fresh orange, sage, butter, and parmigiano reggiano [creamy and dreamy]. For dessert there was the exquisitely plated Tiramisu [pictured above] and my Passionfruit Sorbetto. A cup of coffee and my cappuccino ended this delicious meal.
bloginfo: Taste of Hartford gives the opportunity to try a new restaurant at a very low price [$20.11].
blognote: Peppercorns Grill website here.