A Taste of Tuscany
“Where are we lunching today?” I asked Robin one day last week.
“Vicini,” she said. “It’s in the Lafayette Square area. A family run place that just opened several months ago. I’ve heard lots of good things.”
I paused. “Vicini?” I said. “Hmm . . . wasn’t that the name of the guy in Princess Bride who kept saying, ‘inconceivable’?”
“You’re right,” Robin laughed, “but the spelling and pronunciation are a bit different. The character in the film was ‘Vizzini.’ But connecting the two is a good way to recall the restaurant name.”
With that, we headed for Lafayette Square.
Hold onto Your Hats, My Fellow Foodies!
Approaching the restaurant, I felt like we were pulling up to a village bistro in Tuscany. The whimsical façade lures you into the petite dining area (18-seats), where attention to detail is apparent in every corner. Even the mismatched chairs and tables featuring the names of Italian vineyards conveys the Italian countryside theme. Right away, you get the idea that something special is happening in the tiny, open kitchen behind the counter.
A Wow Fest!
The specialty of the day (shown below) is most certainly deserving of it’s own paragraph. Each time Robin took a bite, she said “Wow!” I lost track of the number of Wows she proclaimed, but each conveyed her feelings toward the dish.
Vicini Pasteria, Cafe and Market. 1916 Park Ave. in Lafayette Square. Open: Fri–Mon 11:30a-5:30p. (Kitchen closes at 3p)