I’ve now been to two tastings at il Vecchio as they move into the final stretch before opening. The restaurant is really coming together. There’s proper lighting now, and the kitchen has refined the recipes.
The food is rustic and simple–classic dishes, including some mighty tasty pastas. You got a sneak peek from my first tasting already. The second time around, I sampled some pastas.
The gnocchi al pomodoro ($9) included a generous portion of hearty, homemade gnocchi served with a flavorful tomato sauce. Sure, the gnocchi were a little dense, but they were certainly filling. And I’d love to grab a plate of these on a cold winter evening.
I sampled a bite of the pasta alla carbonara ($11) had bold flavors of black pepper. The pancetta and egg added rich flavors.
But my favorite dish by far was the pasta al pesto ($11). It’s made with dried DeCecco spaghetti imported from Italy. Don’t let the premade pasta fool you—it’s still a tasty dish. The pasta was cooked perfectly al dente, and tossed with pesto and hint of cream. The flavors were so bold, yet smooth. It was a welcome change from the salty, one-note pestos I’ve had at many other local Italian restaurants.
I’m definitely looking forward to a proper meal here at il Vecchio when they open next week.