Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Poggio Cioppino

Poggio at Casa Madrona on Bridgeway, Sausalito
Poggio in Sausalito, CA started a wonderful Tuesday night supper that's 3 delicious courses along with wonderful wines by the glass that complement the courses. We had Cioppino and it was delicious.

Poggio Interior
Poggio is a special place. We’ve been coming here for years and the food has gotten better and better. Poggio ("hill" in Italian.) Restaurant is a wonderful Italian trattoria that is a comfortable place filled with locals and visitors alike. Across the street from the Ferry Boat Landing, Poggio has heated outdoor tables on the side walk.

Multi Course Antipasti
The Tuesday Menus change monthly and this month the dishes started with bowls of antipasti. There were five bowls ranging from english peas, charred radicchio, chick peas, farro and mixed baby lettuce, What a great start to an Italian meal. The paired Casali Maniago Pinot Grigio went perfectly with the vegetable antipasti.

The primi was Cioppino. It was so delicious and rested in a thick spiced red wine sauce. In the sauce was large cracked dungeness crab, mussels, clams, prawns and halibut. It was served family style in a large bowl and smelled and tasted of the sea. With this course, the paired Refosco red wine fit perfectly.

The dolce was the classic Tiramisu with ladyfingers dipped in coffee, layered with a whipped mixture of egg yolks, egg whites, sugar and and mascarpone cheese, flavored with cocoa. Perfect ending to a perfect meal.

Pleased not only with the food but with the service, enthusiasm, seating and overall dinner vibe for a Tuesday night. Poggio was pleasantly busy and we were genuinely impressed with the service.

 Highly recommended anytime, even Tuesdays!

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