Ham & eggs & a little light bubbly â€“ sounds like breakfast doesnâ€™t it? But it was bistro appetizers at Soif last week. Let me explain.
A â€œsmall plateâ€ order of salumi caught our eye â€“ but so did the evening special of a poached egg over shiitake mushrooms. When John Locke poured me a taste of a splendid, very light alcohol Lombardy red wine with the tiniest little â€œvivaceâ€ effervescence, I joked that it was light enough to be a â€œbreakfast wine.â€ Then the lightbulb went on.
The kitchen obliged and what we got was this gorgeous platter of toscano, soppressata and salame rosa ($12) topped with a poached egg! Ask and ye shall receive. Peasant decadence, paired with the refreshing Francesco Montagna Oltrepo Pavese â€œVivaceâ€ Bonarda 2006 ($3.25/taste). Something a little different â€” and completely memorable. My idea of budget gourmet.