Posts Tagged italian

Pino Venetico Waves His Wand

Pino Venetico waved his magic wand and almost overnight transformed an old favorite into what he clearly hopes will soon be a new favorite. It was sad to walk into the new Broughton & Bull, where for most of the 15 years I’ve lived in Savannah, I’ve spent so many lovely hours over cocktails or food or both at Il Pasticcio. But times change and restaurants change. A couple of weeks ago, sans fanfare or warning Il Pasticcio morphed into Broughton & Bull. Two of us stopped in for a quick sample of the new fare. I had the appetizer, frogs legs, served with a light chili pepper sauce and a hint of Gorgonzola. The legs appeared to come from a super sized bullfrog. Delicious, and the three of these guys were plenty for an entrée! My companion tucked into the big 9 oz. crab cake served with roasted corn salsa and some fresh baby asparagus. That, too, was a big bold portion, and excellent. Overall, the menu seems to be New South, with some Italian and French flair. Definitely promising.

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Leoci’s is OPEN! — Finally

Chef Roberto was all smiles Monday afternoon. After a protracted period of delays his kitchen, with its imported wood burning oven, was open. The black and white motif of the tables were set off nicely by the hand made brocade banquette seating.  We ordered the Antipasti Leoci’s — assorted cold cuts and cheeses, grilled vegetables and oven roasted olives. The surprise — it comes slightly heated, which really brought out the flavor of the Italian salami, prosciutto and mortadella.  Then a pasta course, capellini with aglio olio, and a pizza Margherita — all of which will give us another dinner tomorrow night, and probably  lunch. Everything delicioso!  More details soon. This place is a winner!

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