This is a hidden restaurant for 12 people hidden in the back of Roberta’s, a very popular pizza restaurant in Brooklyn. We’ve heard lots of good things about it but being small and only open Wed – Sat. it’s a hard reservation to come by. The kitchen is an open format with the guests sitting in a “U” shape on one side of the square room. You actually enter thru the pizza spot and after you get to the front of their line the staff will come and take you back to a spartan room whose main decoration is a fish head. They serve only a tasting menu with Roman, Japanese and Italian influences but stressing simplicity in the number of ingredients in a dish. For the most part all the flavors are very intense and the range of textures is delightful Another quirk would be the pastry chef that likes to include vegetables in the desserts. They offer wine pairings and we chose those, as did everyone else drinking with the meal. The sommelier is one of the servers and is generous with refills when needed.
Some of the standout courses were the carpaccio that was absolutely velvety on the tongue, the lamb pasta was very minty and wonderfully spicy, the hot bread was divine (I even asked for a second piece), and the pork was so tender and juicy I took seconds on that when offered. A real dining adventure and unfortunately I was too busy eating and drinking to take many notes, so just trust me, if you have a chance to go, do it!