Indaco

I dined at Indaco a few weeks ago, and am just getting the chance to write about the flavors of this King Street establishment. Indaco has an extensive Italian wine list and the menu takes the best of Italy.

Antipasti

I ordered (in order of appearance below) the pumpkin blossoms, olives, and crispy chickpeas. They were each notable. The pumpkin blossoms were battered baccala (salted cod) which is a familiar flavor from Portugal. This was a unique plate which is currently nominated for a James Beard award. As an olive connoisseur,  I throughly enjoyed the olives which tasted as if they were each given special attention. And, finally, the chickpeas were seasoned and delectable.

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Primi and Secondi

The primi and secondi didn’t quite live up to the expectations set by the antipasti. Although rich in appearance, the taste was a bit simplistic.  Below (in order) eggplant lasagne, whole roasted b-liner with kale salad, and brussel sprouts pizza.

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Interior of the fish (stuffed wit herbs, lemon, and bonesphoto 1

Desserts

The best part of the meal, hands down, were the desserts. Without even ordering, three beautiful glasses appeared on the table with sweet treats. I am not quite sure what they were, but some flavors my table discovered through detective work: espresso, panna cotta, tiramisu, honey and pistachio.

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Who I would take as my date: Dessert lover for an unexpected treat

Trattoria Lucca

Monday nights at this cozy Italian restaurant are dedicated to something Italians do best, family style dinners. You pay per head and are served courses created by chef Ken Vedrinski. The menu changes according to what local ingredients inspired him or what fresh catch he can get from his fisherman. And, I trust any chef that is also a certified Sommelier, because lets be honest, if you have a gift for wine, you have a gift for food. 

I was very fortunate to spend this meal with a dear friend who was celebrating her 22nd birthday! She just returned from studying in Florence, Italy (with an expertise in wine and food).

What you are about to see is all-inclusive within the family style dinner.  

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This bread could have been a course. One of the top things I miss about Europe is the amazing bread–so when I taste it, I just can’t say no to another slice, roll, piece, stick, etc… 

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Butter bean salad

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Fried Cauliflower. Can’t have just one. 

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Charcuterie Board

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Who knew a pasta with red sauce could be so flavorful?

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Mushroom topped Pork Loin

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Tiramisu-Cheesecake

This meal is perfect for Monday nights, it keeps you full all week. 

http://luccacharleston.com/

Who I would take as my date: A friend who studied abroad in Italy to show that there can be good Italian in America!