My friends and I had a lovely meal out this past Friday at Gennaro's in Boston's North End. I love the menu there. It's part simple Italian and part red sauce Italian which to me is comfort food at its best. I grew up in a family where dinner time was sacred. It was a time where we all talked about our days uninterrupted. No phones. No TV. Just good old family time and great food. The menu at Gennaro's brings me back to family dinners.
We shared several things to start one of which was the mushroom torta with parmigino crema. We get this every single time we go and it is utterly delicious.
Another of our regular items is the house made seasonal vegetables which had red and yellow beets, thinly sliced zucchini and eggplant and green beans. I love the simplicity of this dish.
The house made burrata is decadent and creamy as it should be and the tomato had that summer tomato taste that I often miss through the winter.
I ordered the eggplant parmigano which is one of my favorite dishes and the preparation here without breadcrumbs is just how I like it. The eggplant is dredged in flour and sauteed which makes it lighter and lets the eggplant shine through.
My eggplant was served with a side of fresh pasta and tomato sauce.
Gennaro's Christmas cake had a creamy cheesy frosting that I loved.
Chocolate bread pudding was super rich.
And finally my fave, the vanilla bread pudding (plus a glass of grappa).
This is me and my friends with chef Marissa Iocco at the end of the night. You could have rolled us out of there after all the delicous food we ate.