Tuesday, January 19, 2010


I love, love Ardesia. A cozy wine bar on the west side, the interior is gorgeous with a deep marble bar, lovely lighting and a elevated wine vault.

We started with the perfectly cooked pork belly - crispy on the outside and melts in your mouth. Normally the pork would steal the show, but the bed of apple salad was unexpectedly delicious in a dressing of grape seed oil and sherry vinaigrette. I scooped up the last of it even after the pork was gone.

As great as the pork belly was, the quail egg over toast with hollandaise was my favorite dish of the night. The house-made pancetta had just the right amount of saltiness to take this dish to another level.

We finished with the s'mores - a toasted marshmallow on a cinnamon graham cracker with dark chocolate on top, a great ending to an incredible small pork plate series.

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