Saturday, January 11, 2014

New Year's Eve at Sportello

Happy New Year! I know I'm a little late, but 2014 still feels pretty new! We rung in the new year with a low key date night. We actually flew into Boston on New Year's Eve, so we came home, dropped off our suitcases, traded our travel clothes for date night duds and jumped on a commuter rail train into the city. We were going to Sportello!
Over the years, we've been slowly making our way to each of Barbara Lynch's restaurants. We love No. 9 Park, Menton, and Drink, so we were excited to finally try her more casual Italian dining outpost. We pulled up a barstool at their countertop to look over the menu. Homemade pastas are their specialties -- perfect for a cold snowy night!
We started with the Burrata appetizer -- warm creamy mozzarella served on toasted bread and topped with speck and dried figs. And since it was New Year's, we ordered a bottle of bubbly. We had a great time watching the chefs cook up orders on the stoves lining the back wall. We even spotted Chef Barbara herself for the first time! Our entrees arrived next, pasta piled high and steaming in their white bowls. I think I "won" dinner this time around with my Strozzapretti pasta tossed with braised rabbit and picholine olives, but my husband's Tagliatelle with Bolognese was no slouch.  After a little dessert and coffee, we braved the cold to head back home where we spent the rest of the evening cuddled on the couch in our PJs until it was time for the ball to drop and to clink glasses of champagne! Cheers, 2014!

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