I’m actually not a big fan of Mario Batali, I guess I’m neutral to him but his food is damn good. His father’s salumi sandwiches in Seattle is damn good also. I’ve been to Babbo few times now mostly because of birthdays and each time I had a lovely meal. Though I tend to always order the same starter, the lamb tongue salad with poached egg, it’s so freakin GOOD!! I love tongue and I love poached egg! So this time I decided to change it up a little and order something completely different and got the “Warm Tripe alla Parmigiana” (not know what alla Parmigiana means). I love tripe especially tripe from dim sum. What I ended up eating was a plate of nothing but tomato-y salty tripe served with 2 slices of bread. Would’ve been nice it there were something along with the tripe and not just a plate of all tripe. Without the bread, it was quite salty and I got sick of it reeeeaaaally quick, DAMN IT WHY DIDN’T I STICK WITH THE LAMB TONGUE?! next time I guess.
Next up, which was a weird experience not everyone at the table got 3 courses so when 2 of my friend got their second course(pasta) the rest of us were given empty plates. Maybe they expected us to share? Of course this made the 2 that were eating uncomfortable we assured them it was alright and that they should take their time with it but that didn’t work and they finished their pasta quickly.
Then came our entrees. I ordered the rabbit and my first thought was the 2 pet rabbits my college roommates had, poor thing. Oh well chow time! I never had rabbit so I had no other experiences to compare it to. The thing about chicken is that everything DOES taste like chicken and the rabbit tasted like chicken…or pork kinda. The meat was really tender and juicy, served with brussels sprouts, pancetta and carrot vinaigrette. The entree as a whole was really good but when I ate just the brussels sprouts and pancetta it was quite salty and it quickly brought me back to the warm tripe. What was up with Babbo and salt that night? Same thing with my friend’s black spaghetti with rock shrimp, spicy salami calabrese and green chiles. The dish was meant to be eaten as a whole because the bits of salami, by itself, was very salty also. *Sigh…but my friend’s gnocchi with braised oxtail was really good and the texture of the gnocchi was perfect!
Finally dessert time, I got the almond upside-down cake which I regret getting as well. I didn’t imagine it begin covered in almonds (not a big nut fan either) and it didn’t seem like there was much cake either. Everyone at the table agreed that the mascarpone cheesecake WAS the best dessert. It was creamy and light.
Oh Babbo, how sad was I that night and it wasn’t just me most people that night agreed it wasn’t their best Babbo meal but you know what we’re already thinking when to go back again.-Babbo 110 Waverly Place