tosca: pure decadence

July 27, 2009

The boy and I were celebrating so we went out for a stellar slap-up meal last night and my god: can you say “pure decadence”? We went to this place called Tosca which is a sister restaurant to a place Dan used to work.

The menu is small but is changed regularly by the amazing head chef, Adam, and features local fare. We ordered some wine and beer to get started while we had a go at the bread and butter brought out:

Next, before we had even thought about ordering, the head chef sent out an entree that they “had spare” (whatever, he is such a treater) – Crispy Striped Bass with mussels, summer squash, local greens, pea tendrils and Fischer Farms bacon:

Honestly…so incredible! Dan had to change his order since this had been his choice! I have never had mussels before and I absolutely loved them. So rich and creamy!

Dan liked it…

Next up, we had to decide what we “actually” wanted to eat. We decided to share a small primi, a secondi plate and a contorni (side). We made our order and then they completely ignored us and brought four times as much food as we asked for!


I was ok with it…

We ordered this primi, the Gargenelli; roasted kohlrabi, duck liver sauce, cherries, and local basil. It looked like this:

On top of that they brought up two more primi plates. First, the Fettuccini with roasted garlic bulbils, parmesan brodo, swiss chard and egg:

Then the third addition (getting ridiculous, no?!) was the Flavors of Summer Plate which consisted of Wild Acres duck liver pate, stonefruit, mustard greens, local radishes, pistachios, spring salad and crostini:

Let’s just say the stone fruit and pate were like nothing I’ve ever tasted. SO GOOD.

So, then after all this ridiculous decadence, our actual main course, or secondi, came out! We had ordered the Prime Ribeye Steak, medium rare (a.k.a. dreamy) which was served with local mushrooms, yukon gold potato, and rosemary:

The steak was OUT OF THIS WORLD. It was thick – like doorstep thick – and cooked to the perfect level of doneness. It had an amazing crisp to its outside from the glaze and honestly, even the potatoes and mushrooms (I think they were Oyster) were chewy and flavorful and amazing. We literally just spent every bite oohing and ahhing and grinning ear to ear.

Because we are fools (or really clever?) we also ordered a small side dish, or contorni, of Riverbend Farms polenta, with chive, balsamic and mustard seed a.k.a. love in a bowl:

If this absolute decadence, extravagance, and love on a plate was not enough (I was SO stuffed by this point that I couldn’t finish my wine and I can always finish my wine)…

…after we had paid, one of these arrived for each of us:


Rhubarb sorbet with rhubarb prosecco

This is how Dan and I felt about our evening:

Annnd goodnight!

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VeggieGirl July 27, 2009 at 7:41 pm

So fun that you got to meet up with Holly!! And oh my, that rhubarb sorbet… perfection.

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Holly July 27, 2009 at 7:48 pm

ummmm you deserve the award for cutest post EVER! not only is that food absolutely positively DROOLWORTHY, but you two kids are probably the seriously the cutest couple ever. yay for Dan's job – wish him luck on his first day tomorrow!

i was wondering where the bloggy meet-up deets were, haha! even if your sammie wasn't as good as normal, it still looked pretty bangin, no?

looks like you had a fabulous monday my dear – talk to you and see you soon :)

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K from ksgoodeats July 27, 2009 at 8:04 pm

What a fun lunch!! Sorry about the food but the company is great :)

CONGRATS to Dan!! Have fun apartment hunting! That always sounds like fun – I love watching shows like House Hunters to see other people's houses. I don't know, maybe I'm weird ;)

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tponz July 27, 2009 at 8:06 pm

(1) i am SUPER jealous that you got to hang out with holly- she seems like the coolest girl ever!
(2) dan's eye glasses are awesome
(3) that steak looks so juicy- my mouth is watering!

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Erin July 27, 2009 at 9:15 pm

Atta boy Dan. WTGo on getting a job dude. Fab!

Girl. Those eat!! Are you trying to make me jealous. Ah, srsly, what heaven. Is it ridiculous that I was most excited for the rhubarb sorbet and prosecco? Faboosh.

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ohonemorething July 27, 2009 at 9:44 pm

I AM jealous that you guys get to hang out! You're both awesome!

Congrats to Dan! And now that is what I call a celebration!! It looks like the both of you were definitely treated to some fine dining. And you look like a beautiful date :D

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Gab* July 27, 2009 at 9:47 pm

The food looks totally delicious! Congrats to your Hubby on his new job!

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Emily July 27, 2009 at 10:43 pm

wow that steak looks A-mazing. and i love your shirt! congrats to your hubby!

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Janetha July 27, 2009 at 11:21 pm

yaaaaay! congrats dan. dan dan he's our man if he can't do it no one can! good luck with the new digs search. i am sure you will find something fab. yes, i AM jealous of yours and holly's rendezvous. sigh. that dinner looked exquisite! and i love the photos of you, you looked stunning. fun to get dressed up for a celebratory night out! xo

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insideiamdancing July 28, 2009 at 1:42 am

HUGE congrats to Dan!

Your dinner looks incredible! Great way to celebrate! Sorry about the lunch-food-flop but at least the company was great :D

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jesslikesithot July 28, 2009 at 3:09 am

You're absolutely adorable! :)

And so jealous of your and Holly's hangout!! I love her!!!

That sandwich looks INCRED(ible), with or without the meat….and the blue corn chips would have been devoured in seconds! My weakness has and will always be tortilla chips….. !!

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Erica July 28, 2009 at 6:44 am

ah! Congrats to Dan!!!!!!!!!! How exciting. Looks like you two had a great time celebrating- you look beautiful! Fun blogger meet up. The Birchwood Cafe sounds like a super cool place. Bummer that you weren't as impressed with the food as you usually are, but hooray to good company ;)

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Mia {runs and rests} July 28, 2009 at 7:58 am

Congrats to Dan on scoring that awesome job and what a fun way to celebrate! :D Your close up photo is gorgeous. I'm drooling over those potatoes and mushrooms.

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Sarah (Running To Slow Things Down) July 28, 2009 at 8:05 am

So jealous of your hangouts with Holly…what a fabulous time!

And what a fun meal out too!! It's so nice getting those unexpected special treats…especially when it's in the form of such gourmet foods. Major YUM!

Woohoo! Congrats to Dan on the job! That's awesome! :D

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Peanut Butter Swirl July 28, 2009 at 9:47 am

I am totally jealous of your blogger meet up :) That sammie looks fabulous!

sounds like a fun night out! congrats on dan getting the job!

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Sarah July 28, 2009 at 2:53 pm

Holy moley! What a meal!!!! The steak got me seriously salivating. And rhubarb sorbet sounds sooo amazing.

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