GGD and I finally made it to Cotogna’s Sunday Supper last night! We have been fantasizing about going ever since we started receiving e-newsletters about the Sunday menus, and last night’s brisket dinner was the perfect opportunity.
Every Sunday, Cotogna offers a set 4-course menu showcasing seasonal Italian-inspired dishes for $55 per person with an optional wine pairing for an additional $29:
OCTOBER 20, 2013
Hamachi Crudo with Pumpkinseed Oil, Pickled Butternut Squash
Tortelloni with Chanterelle Mushroom, Sunchoke and Hazelnuts
Black Angus Brisket with Mashed Bintje Potato, Scallions, Horseradish & Thumbalina Carrots
Chestnut Crespelle with Cultured Cream, Walnuts, Rosmary & Quince
The first course was a delicious start to the meal, with refreshing acidic flavors and unique components. Who would have thought to pair pickled butternut squash with hamachi? The pumpkinseed oil really tied the dish together, and the acid from the dish softened the Pinot Grigio and brought out the orchard fruits in the wine.
GGD and I agreed that the second course was our favorite. The filling of the tortelloni melted in my mouth, and I did everything I could not to lick up the rest of the sunchoke puree on my plate. The hazelnuts added a crunchy texture component to the dish, but also complemented the richness of the Malvasia.
Next came the brisket, and it was a big portion of meat! The potatoes were delicious, and I usually don’t like roasted carrots but I ate them all! I wish that there had been a little more sauce for the meat, and maybe a smaller cut because it was a lot of food. I also would have expected the meat to be paired with a heavier wine, but the Sangiovese was delicious on it’s own and brought me right back to my time in Italy.
Last but not least was the crespelle dessert. I’m usually not a big dessert person, but the flavors in this dish were spot on and perfect for fall. I particularly liked the sourness of the cream juxtaposed with the sweetness of the quince filling. And the wine pairing was my favorite of the night; I love dessert wine and this one had just a touch of acidity and freshness to balance out the sugar.
Overall, it was a delicious meal and definitely worth the bill. Though, in hindsight I may opt out for the wine pairings next time and just get a bottle of Sangiovese!