[yiddish] To eat like an animal, i.e., quickly, noisily, and in great quantity.

Friday, January 16, 2009

Perbacco: cheese creme brulee dream

The place is so cute I felt cuter by being there. The tiny place was packed, but my party of 2 was able to get a seat quickly, maybe due to the snowy night. The place is packed; your neighbors will hear your coversations. We learned the couple next to us requested their dishes without cheese and wanted to order a bottle of Port- weirdddooos.

I came for the Parmesan creme brulee and was not disappointed. It really was a beautiful thing with the intensely cheesey flavor, burnt cheese top, and balsamic reduction to balance it all.
I enjoyed the semolina gnochi and fried sage leaves, although the accompanying lamb ragu was not that special. The portion size and price was very fair. The menu does a great job at offering main dishes that range from very affordable ($14) to more expensive. The menu is less friendly for the calorie minded, as my dining companion noted. Service was attentive and never pushy.

234 E 4th Street

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