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Filippo Caffari, former executive chef at I Nonni, took over the former home of Fugaise and turned it into an Italian trattoria serving a whole flock of various of chicken wings. Caffari spent several decades working as a master butcher in Rome, so Butcher Block's menu is unsurprisingly meat-heavy. Wings come slathered in all sorts of sauces--the most daring preparation is the Kitchen Sink version.
My wife and I, with friends, another couple, had dinner at the Butcher Block last night. As a first time visit I decieded to go a little early and have a drink at the bar as we waited for our friends. The bar is very small, four stools or so, located right at the entrance to the restaurant. We had a very nice conversation with one of the wait staff and as it turns out the pastry chef who is also one of the partners in the business. They have a very nice collection of modestly priced Italian wines. Barolo at $100/bottle, unheard of in most places.
The food was tremendous. I had the Lamb Chops, the ladies had the Chefs Choice Tasting Menu, a four course afair with appetizer, salad, pasta dish and scallops, and my friend had the Gnocchi. I started with the Tuna Crudo, very nice.
The setting is very quaint, a small resturant with tables and chairs that gives them the flexibility to handle a couple to a group of twenty or so without feeling crowded.
Unfortunately we did experience some problems with the service. No one was rude, quite the opposite, everyone was very polite and accomodating. However the waiter who took our wine and dinner order, promised us bread but failed to deliver. I had to ask for some after the appetizer was delivered to our wives, their first course, he simply forgot. The resturant uses a shared service approach with the wait staff. That is to say, the waiter who took our order did not serve us. The food service was by someone else. This turned out to be problematic when the main course of the tasting menu was served to our wives. My friends wife was not served her scallops. Again we had to ask, as it turns out, the pastry chef for the order. She was prompt at finding out the problem, but none the less we had to wait for the order. The order was missed altogether so we had to wait for it to be cooked. Not a big deal but by the time the plate was delivered three of us were practically finished with our entre's. There were a few other misteps. I notice two very large peppercorn grinders setting on a service table yet no one offered us any fresh ground pepper. Our wives would have liked some on their salads and I would have liked some on my chops. In addition, I was not offered a knife to cut my Lamb Chops with and when cooked medium rare a butter knife is not the right utensil for the task.
I think the missed entre may have been avoided if the waiter who took our order was the one who served our food, I'm not sure about the other missteps, maybe a little more training.
Turns out the executive chef, and partner, was on his last day of vacation. Hope he's there if I return!
This cozy Italian inspired restaurant serves great meals and wine at reasonable prices. The name makes you think it's a steakhouse and while there is meat and poultry, it really relates to Executive Chef Fillippo Caffari's skills as a master butcher. There are daily and weekly specials which keeps things fresh. This is a great place.
When the waitress at the Butcher Block brought me a plate of chicken wings coated in peanut butter and chocolate syrup, I couldn't help but wonder if fine dining was finally dead. Was a chic Italian trattoria actually serving 29 kinds of chicken... More »
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