Saturday, July 4, 2009

Peek-a-boo with Bambi at Picco

Picco in Larkspur, CAWeaving through the curvy road of College Ave in Larkspur and along the way, passing several yellow diamond shape signs with a deer, we reached Picco. Larkspur’s downtown is a vision of a family who owns a white picket fence, manicured lawn and 2.5 children. Next door to Picco is Pizzeria Picco one of the best pizza in the Bay.

Picco in Larkspur, CAA balmy breezy night so we decided to sit outdoors (no heat lamps available) surrounded by lush tall trees and beautiful, very beautiful Larkspurians painting the town red. A combination of weather, lively energy and deers strolling around like it was Snow White’s backyard made it a phenomenal dinner.


The $12.50 Risotto of the day made every half an hour, a mustard green spice and corn. The aroma striked a lightning to my stomach as I gobbled it up before Andy has a chance to eat. Maybe there is a strategy at serving it every half hour because the temperature was just right with the corn singing through the rich creamy rice.

Picco in Larkspur, CA - Risotto with corn

Picco in Larkspur, CA - ahi tuna tartare, apple, shiso, sesame, soy, sticky rice cakesThe $14.50 Ahi Tuna tartare, apple, shiso, sesame, soy, sticky rice cakes makes my list of favorite dishes in 2009. I am big on texture and this had it all with the cubed firm tuna, a faint of sweetness from the apple crunch and the ultra crispy crackling crust of the sticky rice cracker while the inside was still soft. This dish satisfied the taste, texture, presentation AND price category. Before we ordered, the waitress advised us everything on the menu was family style. Needless to say, I hogged the first two dishes.Picco in Larkspur, CA - ahi tuna tartare, apple, shiso, sesame, soy, sticky rice cakes



Picco in Larkspur, CA - ahi tuna tartare, apple, shiso, sesame, soy, sticky rice cakes

Next was the $7.95 “Slice of Ice” iceberg lettuce, crisp house cured pancetta, creamy tomato-herb dressing, soft cooked egg, too bad social etiquette adverts me from licking the plate. The pancetta was hard and crispy in a good way, the iceberg lettuce was indeed very fresh dripping with nature’s sweetness and combined with melty egg yolk. Again, I dominated the plate, Andy is not moving fast enough.

Picco in Larkspur, CA - “slice of ice” iceberg lettuce, crisp house cured pancetta, creamy tomato-herb dressing, soft cooked eggPicco in Larkspur, CA - “slice of ice” iceberg lettuce, crisp house cured pancetta, creamy tomato-herb dressing, soft cooked egg

Sitting outdoor gave me a chance to people and deer watch. Every so often a deer would cross the street or lolly around minding his own business. My attention to the deers is probably the reason why I only had one slice of the $8.25 Avocado Brushetta, manodori balsamic, sea salt. A simple dish, buttery green thin sliced avocado on toasted bread drizzled with thick sweet balasmic.

Picco in Larkspur, CA - avocado bruschetta, manodori balsamic, sea salt

I ordered the $8.95 Pan roasted artichoke, coriander ailoli in lieu of fries. The plate was stacked high with artichoke hearts roasted to a deep brown, tender with the leaves flaked apart on a dollop of fragrant aoili. The dish was finished off with a sprinkle of a crumb topping(I'm guessing it was Panko.)

Picco in Larkspur, CA - pan roasted artichoke, coriander aioliPicco in Larkspur, CA - pan roasted artichoke, coriander aioli

The $14.95 three mini grass feed burgers, caramelized onion, mushroom and pt. reyes blue cheese sauce was inhaled by Andy because I was busy admiring the abstractly beautiful red color of the burger. When labeled “grass fed” it truly has a "beefier" taste. I requested blue cheese on the side, it was warm melted blue cheese spread, too strong for me. This mini burger was even better than Epic Roasthouse’s $20 burger.

Picco in Larkspur, CA - grass fed mini burgers, caramelized onion, mushroom, pt. reyes blue cheese saucePicco in Larkspur, CA - grass fed mini burgers, caramelized onion, mushroom, pt. reyes blue cheese saucePicco in Larkspur, CA - grass fed mini burgers, caramelized onion, mushroom, pt. reyes blue cheese sauce

To end, the $8.95 butterscotch bread pudding done unconventionally, four single mini one inch round bread pudding topped with light whip cream. This is dangerous news to make them so easy to pop into one’s mouth. The bread pudding was very airy and a number 2 reason why it’s dangerous.

Picco in Larkspur, CA - butterscotch bread pudding

Picco Restaurant and Pizzeria Picco are one of my favorite restaurants and I’m lucky to work very close to them. Both are on Michael Bauer’s 2009 Top 100 restaurants in the Bay Area. Picco commits to using local and sustainble ingredients. They offer a Marin Monday $36-$43/per person family style menu includes about 6 dishes. I’m looking forward to a free Monday night to dine at Picco.

Picco
320 Magnolia Ave
Larkspur, CA 94939
(415) 924-0300
Picco Restaurant on Urbanspoon

3 comments:

Lolia S said...

Drool...everything looks so fresh and seasonal!

foodhoe said...

wow, I've never heard of this place, but good to know about. that egg on the salad was over the top! poor Andy but I love how you dominate at the table...

cocochanelella said...

Lolia: everything is VERY fresh, tasted like it was picked 10 mins ago from a garden. The same goes for Pizzeria Picco next door.

Foodhoe: you have to be on your game when dining with me. Picco is in a small town but worth the mention and Bauer's list.

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