Oui, Oui, Sonsie

June 7, 2010 at 9:39 PM (Uncategorized) (, , , )

In the 25 and a half years of my life, I never thought there would be a day when food just sounded repulsive, a day when I had no appetite.  I have found such a day… about 10 days ago, I had to undergo the quarter-life ritual of wisdom tooth extraction.  It’s the first (and probably) only time I can say I had no appetite for a week and I am forever scarred from Strawberry Jell-O so the last thing I wanted to do was watching the Food Network or dream up delicious recipes to add to the blog knowing full well I couldn’t even chew them.

Woe-is-me…eeeh not so much.  I got to go to Providence for the rest of the Memorial Day weekend to cure me of the horrible case of cabin fever I was suffering from, and by Sunday, I could mush around enough to eat something other than yogurt and apple sauce.  I got to visit DePasquale Square on Federal Hill which is home to the best Italian food outside of your grandmother’s kitchen.  We took advantage of the beautiful weather and sat outside at Caffe Dolce Vita which has a huge menu and delicious food!  I ordered the eggplant rollatini which for the first meal in a couple days was like Heaven on Earth.  It was just mushy enough that I didn’t have to chew, but outside of that, I love everything eggplant, especially when its SMOTHERED in cheese!  This puppy had ricotta and mozzarella inside as well as fresh mozzarella melted allll over the top.  It was finished off with their homemade tomato sauce and baked in the oven.  My mouth is watering just thinking about it…

If you ever get a chance to get to Providence, do us all a favor, get to Federal Hill, I promise, you’ve never had Italian food like this….I mean, Frankie Blue Eyes’ favorite restaurant of all time is there!!!

Now, Caffe Dolce Vita was note worthy, but that’s not why I’m writing.  Last night, I had to be in Boston for work (yes, yesterday was a Sunday…no, I don’t want to talk about it).  It actually turned out perfectly because staff was not allowed in the actual dinner of the event…so naturally, I took this opportunity to log into my Open Table account, something I haven’t done since my trip to DC in January, and found restaurants near the Sheraton on Dalton St.  After perusing a couple of menus, I came upon a little place called Sonsie, and their caption? Luck, Love Life.  It became the first draw.  The second was the menu.  It’s an American restaurant with a bit of everything on the menu, fish, steak, pasta.  It’s also pretty moderately priced, which is also always a plus!

I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t a serial menu stalker, I always scope it out before I get there…and then pretend to not already know what I want when I get the menu…buuuuut who doesn’t? Am I right? No? Okay…dagger.  Anyways, I had stalked the menu and knew there was absolutely no question I was getting their Bronzino dish.

Bronzino is a European seabass, so a white fish, and with the grilled fish, they served soft polenta, ricotta spinach and artichoke…and dear LORD!  It was fantastic.  We all know I firmly believe that a great dish is one where each element on the plate is good alone, but also tastes fantastic when you build the elements together.  This was one of those dishes.   The fish was grilled perfectly, the polenta stayed warm which prevented the top from hardening, and I had never had ricotta spinach, and I’m glad that’s changed because if I see it on another menu, it’s mine.  If you do get to check out Sonsie, I highly recommend this dish.

The ambiance is great too, Sonsie is nestled on the famous Newbury Street in Boston.  The floor to ceiling windows/doors open to make the restaurant floor level with the sidewalk which makes for great people watching.  Even the bar area is great with comfortable high chairs and signature cocktails.

Well now that I am able to eat again and enjoy my food, I’m glad I could share with you another delicious spot, except this time in Beantown!  Next time you’re in the area, stop by Sonsie, you should be preeeetty pleased.  This week I should get back into some home cooking so I’ll be sure to include some recipes hopefully later this week.  As always, thanks for reading and until next time, sicuro viaggi and bon appetit!

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