Ever since I read about Chickadee’s porchetta in Devra First’s list of dishes she was thankful for in 2018 I have wanted it. Last night I achieved that.
Chickadee is way East in the Seaport district, past the design building. The space is very attractive and very comfortable. The tables are a bit close but there is plenty of fabric to absorb sound so it’s not noisy.
As usual we ordered too much as there were so many things we wanted to try. We got the chickpea panisse fries with Calabrian chili aioli, the Scotch olives (loukanika sausage wrapped around green olives) with whipped feta, peppers and some other garnishes, a chopped salad with apples, turnips, dates and a creamy herby dressing, gnocchi with chestnuts, hen of the woods and parm and the famous porchetta. Everything was excellent. The standouts for me were the chickpea panisse fries which were shatteringly crispy on the outside and fantastically creamy on the inside – just amazing – and the porchetta, which was rich and unctuous with lovely crispy skin and perfectly balanced by its seasonal vegetal accompaniments. My DC felt the chopped salad and porchetta were her favorites.
We asked our waiter to choose a glass of red for each of us that would work with what we ordered. He brought us each two glasses and poured tastes of two wines for us to choose from which was such great hospitality. We both chose the nebbiolo over the barbera and thoroughly enjoyed it.
My DC had the roasted figs and olive oil cake dessert while I enjoyed an unusual Mexican amaro.
Service throughout was absolutely delightful and highly professional, we were truly in good hands there. This is a place I’d really like to go back to and wish was a bit more convenient to facilitate that. I am curious about their lunch; the menu is somewhat surprisingly different from the dinner menu.