Costata

Ever since the Boyfriend had his graduation dinner at Marea, we’ve been on an Altamarea Group quest. We ate at Ai Fiori during Summer Restaurant Week last year and now we’re trying out its sister restaurant, Costata. I managed to plan a weekday lunch since it’s just a few minutes away from my office. We arrived earlier than our reservation time, but they were able to seat us right away.

Costata doesn’t normally open for lunch so their a la carte menu for lunch is a bit limited. Their Restaurant Week menu, however, doesn’t lack for options. There are three choices for both appetizers and entrees and two choices for dessert. Plenty of options for even the pickiest eater!

For our appetizer, we both went with the Beef Carpaccio with crema di funghi, artichokes, pickled turnip and parmigiano. This was amazing and one of my favorite dishes of the day. The artichokes and pickled turnip were tart and just a bit sour, which really helped open up our palates and appetites.

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We decided to pop our Restaurant Week a la carte cherry and split their Garganelli with alla fiamma, speck, radicchio and truffle cream ($23.00). Our waiter suggested we have this as a “2nd course” and have it between the appetizer and entree. This was a great idea since we were able to space out our dishes and thoroughly enjoy each of them. Now, back to the pasta! The garganelli was cooked to a perfect al dente and tasted so good! It was super light and fragrant – not heavy at all. The speck and truffle cream together was danced nicely on our tastebuds. I highly recommend this dish!

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For my entree, I chose the Pappardelle with short rib ragu. The portion size looks small but it’s actually pretty filling! The short rib was very tender and gave a hearty feel to the dish. I didn’t much care for the carrots but the pasta itself was cooked perfectly and was super bouncy.

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The Boyfriend went with the Sirloin Flap with bearnaise, arugula and fries. I had a piece of his sirloin and it was pretty tasty. It was cooked perfectly to his requested medium rare and wasn’t chewy at all. I also really enjoyed the fries – they were semi-thick cut and very crunchy on the outside. The fries were very evenly salted – so nicely done that I didn’t even need ketchup!

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For dessert, the Boyfriend decided on the Vanilla Panna Cotta with citrus, sicilian pistachio and blood orange sorbet. The panna cotta was very nicely done but I really liked the blood orange sorbet – just the right amount of tart and sweetness combined.

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I had the Torta di Mascarpone with marscapone mousse, lady fingers, amaretto and coffee crema. It’s basically a neater version of a classic tiramisu. In my honest opinion, it’s an even better version of a tiramisu. It was refined, neat and tasted so good! It had just the right amount of bitterness from the coffee and just the right amount of sweetness from the lady fingers and marscapone mousse. It might have been the best dish that I had the entire lunch!

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Service was attentive without being intrusive. Our water glasses were consistently refilled and we received new cutlery for every course – no taste mixing at all! I thoroughly enjoyed my lunch and definitely plan on returning for dinner to try their regular menu.

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