Despite the fact that he was stuffing pigs feet and preparing lamb necks for a lengthy braise while simultaneously drawing up the menu for a meatless prix fixe special when we caught up with him earlier today, Amis chef Brad Spence assured us he’s not experiencing a personality crisis. The trotters and lamb necks are part of the spread the restaurant’s putting out for tonight’s Industry Night with former Per Se chef de cuisine and current Lincoln Ristorante exec chef Jonathan Benno. The meatless Monday stuff is a new weekly feature that debuts with dinner service tonight. “It’s not like we’re going way off from what we normally do,” Spence, who was hawking a whole animal feature last we caught up with him, told Grub Street. “We have this reputation as the place that does wacky stuff like making the giant mortadella in a bathtub, but the truth is half our menu is vegetables.”
For the tonight’s debut Spence has asparagus antipasti with buffalo mozzarella and pistachio; vegetable fritto misto; eggplant lasagna with tomato conserva; linguini with ramps and pecorino; plus desserts. Each week the meatless Monday menu will change, and always offer different options than the daily dinner menu. The three course prix fixe, which will always feature two antipasti options, two entrees or pasta dishes and dessert, will run $30 per person, and the restaurant will also offer an optional wine pairing for $20 more.
“We all love vegetables,” Spence said. “I just thought it would be cool way to showcase them.”
Earlier: Amis Serves Up Whole Animals