Brad Spence, chef and partner in Marc Vetri’s trattoria, Amis, is going to start offering a chef’s tasting option at the restaurant’s kitchen counter on November 15. At first, he plans to offer it only once a month, but further down the road, it will be available every other Wednesday. And while next week’s maiden voyage will be limited to just six guests at one seating, future tastings will be offered twice a night. “It’s just going to be whatever we’re into at that particular time,” Spence told Grub Street. “This first one is going to be a fall harvest thing, and after that we’re just going to make it up as we go.”
Some weeks the tastings will focus on a particular region of Italy, while others will spotlight seasonal ingredients. Each one will present guests with five to six courses, comprised of “a bunch of antipasti,” entrees and desserts for $65 per person. An optional wine pairing will cost an additional $35. Check the full menu below.
Inspired by the stuffed pumpkins that Fork’s Terence Feury brought with him for Amis’ monthly Industry Night party last week, Spence plans to offer his own take on it with pumpkins stuffed with Pecorino cheese and focaccia that will be topped off with a cream broth poured counter-side.
“It’s great for us, because we get to experiment with new things,” Spence said. “And it’s going to be fun for guests too, because they’ll get to interact with us in the kitchen.”
Pork and sweet potato fritters
Fluke crudo with honeycrisp and thyme
Romanesco salad with pecorino and lemon
Baked pumpkin with cream and pecorino
Pappardelle with veal bolognese and pears.
Grilled quail with quail sausage and cranberry mostarda
Spice semifreddo with chestnuts and warm chestnut crema served tableside.
Assorted cookies and biscotti with printed recipes for guests to recreate at home the holidays.