On this evening, we were having dinner with our friend Pam, one of my former co-workers, and a fellow “foodie” friend. Sweet alliteration! She had suggested dining at Po, on 31 Cornelia St., between Bleecker and W. 4th St., and, as usual, she did not steer us wrong.
We started with white bean brushetta, which we all enjoyed very much. I hadn’t expected white beans to be so flavorful, and they were oily without being too oily, if that makes any sense.
We each ordered different entrees, so that we could taste a bit of everything. On the recommendation of a review I’d read of this restaurant, I ordered the White Bean Ravioli with Balsamic Brown Butter Sauce. This doesn’t sound like much, but the dish was outstanding. The brown butter sauce was flavorful and delicious, again without being too oily, and the balsamic added a nice touch of sweetness. I would strongly recommend this entree to anyone. My only problem was that, since there wasn’t very much of this dish, it wasn’t very filling.
My husband had the gnocchi, which were also outstanding. They were soft and fluffy and had a lot of flavor.
Our friend Pam ordered the Linguine Vongole with fresh clams, pancetta, chilies and white wine. I didn’t taste this dish, because of the pancetta, but she reported that it was very good, with a lot of flavor.
We were a bit surprised to realize, after we were seated, that this restaurant accepted only Amex, not Visa or Mastercard. I don’t think I’ve ever seen that before. Since we were without Amexes all the way around, this took us a bit by surprise, but luckily we scraped up enough cash to cover the bill and tip. Whew!