I’ve adopted a take-no-prisoners attitude when it comes to 2014. And, yes, that even spills over to my Friday mornings at Il Corvo. It’s Jameson Fink here; happy new year to you all. Today I walked into the restaurant, started chatting with Mike about today’s menu, and he mentioned that there would be a lasagne with alternating bechamel and Bolognese sauces. Then this conversation happened:
Me: Well, how many layers will this lasagne have?
Me: Mike, it’s 2014. This is my Year of Audacity. I’d like to see seventeen layers.
Mike: Seventeen?!? You’ve gone out of your mind.
Me: I have. And it’s only January 3rd.
So that’s how today’s lasagne came to include seventeen layers.* You’re welcome.
Wine-wise, I’ve started out the year audaciously by recommending a wine with lipstick on the label. Stay with me, though. Because if you like Syrah with some funk plus a kiss of fruit, and have heard of Reynvaan Family Vineyards, you’ll be crushing on this wine.
There’s also rigatoni with artichoke hearts, pequillo peppers, capers, and anchovies. It has a wonderful spicy kick.
And cresti di gallo with housemade pancetta, Tuscan kale, and tomato.
*Note: This conversation was entirely fictionalized.