Sunday, June 24, 2007

Tickle Me Terzo

I didn't bother taking any pics of the parade of small plates that streamed out of Terzo's kitchen last night. Instead, I thought it more appropos to snap a photo of my dear friend so that you can see how happy we were with the fabulous food we inhaled, huddled on high stools scooted up close to the Mediterranean resto's bar. The three of us helped ourselves to wines by the glass as we proceeded to work our way through the following outstanding dishes:

- Thick, lumpy hummus drizzled with olive oil and served with housemade fluffy puffs of pita sprinkled with za'atar
- A huge pile of the most addictive crispety-crunchety deep-fried onions
- The most delicious golden and jewel-red beets, perfectly cooked and well-seasoned wth tahini, sumac, coriander and Morroccan olive oil
- Mozzarella di Bufala on bruschetta with Umbrian black truffle and olive oil (I savored every bite)
- Potato gnocchi with Niman Ranch ragu and reggiano (a tiny tad overseasoned but not disastrously so)
- Heirloom tomatoes (they're in season, hooray) with feta, dill and Umbrian olive oil
- A scrumptious slab of grilled sea bass with garbanzos and charmoula

and for dessert:
- A silky smooth and not-too-sweet ricotta cheesecake with nectarine compote and whipped cream

The barkeeps were extra gracious and attentive, the interior ever-so-inviting. It was easily the best dinner experience I've had in SF since my trip to Universal Cafe way back when.

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