Over the past couple of months, whenever I was near the new Centre of Tallahassee, I would slowly drive past the Urban Food Market to gauge its progress. This past Saturday, the unique Italian concept, which offers six distinct food experiences, opened its doors. A wine shop, pizza place, pasta spot, gelato café, butcher and fine dining are all housed in an expansive modern space. Eager to pay the market a visit, Kirsten and I visited +Trentanove (which means +39 in English), the Italian fine dining restaurant concept, to celebrate our first wedding anniversary.
Tempted by so many options on the menu, and in honor of the special occasion (and admittedly because I had not eaten lunch), we decided to go all out for the evening with five courses. We opted to start our meal with the antipasto plate. A beautifully arranged cutting board arrived at the table containing six different specialties. In the middle, nestled on a bed of a bright purple raddichio leaf, were three fried stuffed olives. The warm gorgonzola, paired with salty olives and a lightly fried exterior, were a delight. Two kinds of cured meats (salami and prosciutto), bruschetta, and a caprese salad (golden and red tomatoes paired with fresh mozzarella and a dusting of basil chiffonade) were also sampled and declared on point. Unexpectedly, my favorite item was a chicken liver (with the texture of a meat sauce) served atop a polenta cake. Its slightly earthy, deep, rich flavor was amplified by the mild corn sweetness of the polenta.
The salad course was next, and we selected the Insalata de Pere e Gorgonzola to share, starring pears and gorgonzola. Perfectly ripened sliced Anjou pears were artfully arranged in a fan above baby mixed greens, spiced pecans, grapes, and gorgonzola cheese dressed with a lemony vinaigrette, and just the right touch of pepper. The salad was bright and fresh, and with the dressing, offered a unique salad that we agreed was one of the tastiest we have eaten in Tallahassee. We also agreed it was ample enough to stand on its own as an entree for those looking for lighter fare. For more on +39 read the full review on Tallahassee.com.
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