Sunday, February 7, 2010

Rosso! Rosso!

On a recent Saturday, My Beloved and I took pal Sari back up to Santa Rosa to sample Rosso again. Major, major home run!

Agreeing to share bites of everything, we started with a flatbread appetizer smeared with garlic roasted with balsamic vinegar, squeezing the dark, now-soft cloves out onto the crisp-tender flatbread and devouring it like starving wolves.

Sari ordered a pizza with egg in the middle, a drippy, unctuous, cheesy wonder of a pizza on that dreamy Rosso crust that we raved about before. My Beloved chose a sandwich of flatbread wrapped around a super-fresh filling of Dungeness Crab Louis. He didn't use the Louis dressing at all, just folded the bread around the generous crab and bit in. I tasted the Louis, however, just out of curiosity, and it was a whole different animal than the mayo-ketchup mixture that usually passes for Louis.

I have saved the best for last - my "forever-cooked" (their words) pork with mashed potatoes. If I had to choose my final meal before the blindfold, the cigarette and the firing squad, this would be it. I love slow-cooked pork in most iterations but this one rises to the level of divinity with its rich, smoky sauce and pink grapefruit sections. Yes, grapefruit! Not white grapefruit that might have fought with the almost-sweet sauce but pink that just gently cut through the richness of the dish and made it sit up and sing.

Happily full and satisfied, we drove a little further up the road to Healdsburg to stroll around the square, window shopping as we relived our wonderful Rosso lunches. Saturdays don't get much better than that.

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Blogger Greg said...

That all sounds so good.Must visit soon.

Sunday, February 07, 2010  
Blogger Anna Haight said...

What a find, sounds like a great Sunday indeed!

Monday, February 08, 2010  
Blogger dancingmorganmouse said...

slow ... cooked ... pork *swoon

Monday, February 08, 2010  
Blogger Zoomie said...

Greg, you will be glad you did.

Anna, they have some vegetarian choices, too. Go! Even though it's in Sonoma county, not Marin.

Morgan, oh, yes, swoon, indeed! And with pink grapefruit, inspired!

Monday, February 08, 2010  

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