“So Fresh and So Clean” by Matthew D. Christianson

bounce-imageI can’t stop thinking about last night’s late night bites! After celebration drinks at Schiller’s Bar, (My fiancée Simone completed her American Sommelier Association course and final exam!) we stopped at ‘inoteca (located at 98 Rivington) for the slow roasted beat salad with salty toasted hazelnuts and orange supremes finished in a light vinaigrette. A homerun as this dish is so delicious that it is hard to figure out how such a simple combination of flavors work so well together. We also enjoyed the slightly toasted thick cut bruccetta slathered with fresh house made ricotta and topped with a garlicky chunky tomato pommodoro and finished with a healthy drizzle of fine extra virgin olive oil. Absolutely amazing and again as simple as it gets! Finally we chomped on lightly fried mixed veggies which were dressed with lemon and sea salt highlighting the true expression of the produce. Wow! To wash it all down there was an interesting Rose of Montepulciano di’ Abruzzo which was crisp and fruity with light acidity and a well integrated balance of alcohol, very refreshing and a perfect pairing with our light fared morsels. It makes me happy to know that everyday just steps from my house and at around midnight the people at ‘inoteca are treating their guests to some of the best food that the LES has to offer!

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