Italian for “the market”, il Mercato hit the spot for our Saturday mid-day pasta affair. We started with an appetizer of sautéed escargot presented on prosciutto wrapped polenta and smothered in a garlic, herb, cognac and cream sauce with grape tomatoes and carmelized onions. The flavors were incredible and there was an abundance of sauce – a basket of olive oil basted bread served to absorb every last drop.
My main course was tagliolini pasta tossed in a savory garlic cream sauce and infused with shredded pecorino cheese. Sautéed smoked prosciutto in tiny bite size slices and firm portabello mushrooms sliced and gently seared finished off the dish. A sprinkle of cheese, a fresh field greens garnish, an ample supply of fresh cracked pepper and I was in (Italian) heaven!