Tuscan Market: New Hampshire

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Tuscan Market is an authentic and fantastic Italian Market in Salem New Hampshire that makes hands down some of the best breakfast I’ve ever had. For your consideration I will be briefly reviewing three of their (many) menu items: Orange Juice,  Prosciutto di Parma, and Ricotta Semolina Pancakes.

Orange Juice

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Tuscan Market makes some of the best Orange Juice I have ever had; their OJ is freshly pressed to order and tastes like you are literally eating an orange. It is lite, thin, and has minimal pulp; absolutely fantastic stuff.

Prosciutto di Parma

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With rich, thinly sliced and flavorful prosciutto that is both sweet and salty, this dish makes it off the charcuterie alone, add in the roasted tomatoes which, while not really  my thing, were still good, and you have yourself quite a nice breakfast appetizer.

Ricotta Semolina Pancakes

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Do you like Pancakes? If so, you most certainly will like Tuscan Market’s version. Decked out with thick and freshly made whipped cream, thin delicious maple syrup and warmed sweet strawberries, these pancakes were fluffy and had the ricotta baked right in, which in and of itself provided a great texture change along with a nice sweet and cool filling.  Absolutely Divine.

As I mentioned before, this is some of the best breakfast I’ve ever had and I encourage everyone to try it; I know I will be back as soon as possible.

 

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Hudson Social: Bruschetta Sampler

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Hudson Social in Dobby Ferry NY is a nice restaurant connected to the newly restored landmark Dobbs ferry train station, with an absolutely beautiful view of the Hudson River.

A review of my entree is coming, but the appetizer I chose, the Bruschetta Sampler, deserves a post of its own.

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The Bruschetta with fig, honey and goat cheese was quite interesting; the figs and the honey were both sweet, and mixed with the dry goat cheese and crunchy bread, it made for a nice experience.

But, my favorite of the two was the Prosciutto/ Mozzarella/ Tomato/ Basil concoction.

Laid out on a bed of smokey, crunchy bread, the prosciutto was salty and thin, and the tomato and mozzarella were both warm and sweet, which made for a delicious combination.

I would recommend this appetizer in a heart beat; up next, the Cowboy Burger!

Roosters Market: Sicilian Sandwich

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If you grew up in an Italian family or spent any considerable time around one, you have probably had a wonderful dish comprised of mozzarella, tomato, and basil. We all know how good that is, but imagine that as a sandwich…with meat…and peppers; that’s what you have in Roosters’ Sicilian.

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This sandwich is absolutely delicious. Served inside a nice, soft wedge of bread, the ingredients within are of the best quality.

The mozzarella was fresh and very spongy, the prosciutto was slightly salty, and the salt flavor that it had coalesced with the rest of the flavors perfectly. Not only was the prosciutto tasty, it was also plentiful. The tomatoes were juicy, the peppers roasted nicely, and the Italian dressing that topped it off was quite delicious.

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Every single ingredient in this sandwich works alone, and together, but preferably the latter, and Roosters has struck upon a very good twist on a classic Italian dish.

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Lago: Speck

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Lago is a nice Italian restaurant (ristorante) in West Harrison that makes some pretty good, authentic Italian food. While there were many intriguing options on the menu, the appetizer that I decided to try was a meat dish known simply as “Speck.”

For those who don’t know (and I certainly didn’t), Speck is the name of a particular type of prosciutto, which the menu describes as “Smoked pork belly from Trentino region.”

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The Speck was thinly sliced with a smooth and polished texture; in terms of flavor it was sweet, but with a nice accompaniment of saltiness. It was moist, while also having the tiniest bit of hardness on the edges.

I happened to show this picture to a foodie friend of mine, and he opined that this was possibly one of the best cuts of this particular meat that he had ever seen, and he may very well be right, as this smoked pork belly was quite tasty.

Lago’s Speck was a good start to my meal, the entree of which will be covered at a later date. One thing is for certain; Lago definitely deserves respect as an Italian restaurant, and has earned a future return visit from yours truly; I hope that it will gain your business as well.

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