It's a very typical Candace move to have dinner at one place and dinner at another. Why? Well, I get to try TWO restaurants, instead of just one. So, I plan my meals very, very carefully.
Barbuzzo is known for their "salted caramel budino," so I strategically made sure we would be able to hit up this restaurant for dessert. We had reservations, so we were able to get in pretty easily. But, make no mistake, this place gets tightly packed. We were tucked away in a two-seater that left virtually no room for wiggling.
The inside, while dark, was cool. Very modern. Very hip. Wood, metal, marble all intermingle to create a beautiful, lively atmosphere.
Kaitlynn and I looked over the menu briefly and decided to snack on a cheese board (this was more my persistence. Because mmm cheese). This is what we ordered: Artisan Cheese Board with baguette, crostini and marcona almonds: cana de cabra, goat, Spain, with fennel mostarda; tomme de crayeuse, cow, France, with seasonal jam; quadrello di bufala, buffalo, Italy, with roasted grapes; and gorgonzola piccante, cow, Italy, with rosemary truffle honey.
My. God. This was the best cheese I've ever had. Each cheese had some delicious sweet or savory accoutrement, and the perfectly toasted crostini, sour apple and sweet grapes just rounded it out. I've had my share of cheese, but this cheese board was on. point. The nutty, the savory, the creamy. Just delicious.
And straight from appetizers to dessert; the salted caramel budino came with a dark chocolate crust, vanilla bean caramel and sea salt. It was so rich and indulgent and literally everything I'd want from a dessert. The crust was a perfect base for the creamy, silky caramel.
I think I set this restaurant up for a win: cheese appetizer and caramel dessert. But, I wouldn't have it any other way.