If you had only ever seen photographs of the dining room of this well-known outpost of the Batali-Bastianich empire in New York City, you might easily conclude that it was a safe, staid place, suitable for taking Great Aunt Edith. First appearances suggest a grand old hotel restaurant in many of the best senses. Both the cover of this book and many of its interior photographs might reinforce that impression. But Mark Ladner’s food at Del Posto is full of surprises: it never seems less than fully Italian yet it’s never familiar. A hearty stalwart such as cotechino on a bed of lentils is elevated by a prosecco zabaglione. Whole wheat bigoli pasta is enfolded in a rich duck liver ragu. Sinew and ligaments from beef and veal cuts are gently stewed, seasoned, and tossed with beans and vegetables as a salad. Remarkably impressive.
Color photographs throughout. Hardcover.