Side of Brussels Sprouts - capers / shallots / parmigiano reggiano ($8)
Fine, but wasn’t as good as usual, I think it was because some of the brussels sprouts were not sliced in half and didn’t get enough of the caper shallot sauce on them. Also this dish didn’t have as many crispy bits as previous times that I’ve had it.
Off the appetizers section. The octopus was cooked perfectly - tender but still a little springy. Potatoes were fine, lacked salt but was good after putting some of the creamy aioli sauce on the outside on it. Don’t actually remember the veal tongue in this dish. Pretty rich - everything was sitting in a pool of butter.
Plin con Salciccia di Anatra ($22 for a large portion) herb pasta filled with black truffle duck salsiccia / burro del pozzo / bonini 18 year balsamico
Duck sausage in agnolotti wrappers. The sausage inside was a little firm, had the consistency of potsticker filling. So this was like little mini truffle and duck flavored dumplings in a buttery rich gravy sauce, with a bit of sweet tangy aged balsamic vinegar drizzled on top to cut through the fat. Really delicious.
@shrinkrap I’ve been a few times this year but haven’t written them up. They have a parklet now and also some tables outside the front of the restaurant. The agnolotti were as good as before, also tried the langaroli which are similar wrapped pastas, but filled with short rib and in a truffle sauce. Those were really good too. Didn’t try any of the mains except for once they had the meatballs from Barbacco next door on the menu. Usually just stick to the appetizers and the pastas. The vitello tonnato and fritto misto were quite good off the appetizers list.
I recently went back to Perbacco for a dinner of pasta dishes. Tried all new to me dishes this time.
RAVIOLO ALL’UOVO ($21) truffled ricotta filled raviolo - wild mushrooms - farm egg
This was off of the antipasti section. I’m a sucker for big ass ravioli filled with egg and ricotta. This was an excellent rendition. Lots of mushroom and truffle flavor in the buttery sauce with I think morels.
ROTELLI AL PESTO DI PORRO SELVATICO ($22 for a small portion) semolina pasta - potato - porcini mushroom - ramp pesto - basil - pecorino cheese - pinenuts
Rotelli are the wheel shaped pasta. I think these were fresh. Nice pleasantly chewy texture. The ramp pesto sauce was less strongly flavored than most basil pestos that I’ve had and also a bit thicker and starchier. And there was some thinly sliced potato that was still a little crunchy. Very good.
TORTELLI CON FEGATO D’ANATRA ($27 for a full portion) pasta filled with truffled duck liver mousse - blueberries - hazlenuts - sherry vinegar
This unusual dish consisted of pasta wrappers filled with a rich, creamy, and livery duck liver mousse. In a fruity sauce with cooked whole blueberries that had a bit of sweetness. It was good for the first few bites, but the richness of the filling, which also had a uniformly creamy texture, was a little too much after awhile. And repetitive? Felt like it was missing something.
Pappardelle ($21 for a small order)
This was new to me. Toothsome pappardelle made fresh I believe, in a thinnish gravy like meat sauce with short rib. It was topped with a dollop of horseradish cream sauce, which was a nice sharp accent for the beefy gravy.
Looks great, I haven’t been to Perbacco in quite a few years so need to get back. Have you been to Belotti in Oakland? Their agnolotti is the best I have had anywhere, whenever I order it somewhere else all I can think about is their version.