We were not able to get into Osteria Francescana in Modena, so we opted for this 2 Michelin star restaurant, Casa Perbellini...it happened to be our Thanksgiving meal.
My husband and I were a little taken back at first because we were seated near the entry and shown a table without a table cloth, however we quickly watched as our servers set the table and presented a place to rest my purse. This is not your typical stuffy high end dining experience...I loved that the young servers were dressed in blue jeans, sneakers and blue blazers. Loved the look. Guests dressed in casual chic and men wore jackets. Unbeknownst to us the very handsome chef oversaw all aspects of his operation. The kitchen is totally open and the dining room is well lit with about 9 tables in 3 small rooms. So enough about the decor...yes, it left a positive impression.
On to the feast. We decided on the tasting menu with paired wines. I have to agree with the previous posts that the amuse buche was a bit over the top...a few too many, as was the desert. Way too much desert. I couldn’t even taste it because I had reached capacity. They were beautifully presented and my husband said the chocolate cake was to die for.
The main courses consisted of small elegant portions of fish, followed by various meats. I couldn’t believe the gnocchi was made of cauliflower and flour; so delicate and light...a favorite. The wine pairings were perfect and just enough. Presentation, portions and flavor were perfection. The chef made his way around the room and stopped by each table to introduce himself...nice touch. The staff is professional, knowledgeable and hip. Loved the whole experience.
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