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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Incanto's Cocina Povera Series Set to Take on the Cooking of Puglia

Posted By on Thu, Jun 25, 2009 at 11:25 AM

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Are you feeling like a fresh and tasty Southern Italian mini-vacation -- via dinner -- is in order? Incanto (1550 Church at Duncan) is continuing its summer-long Cucina Povera prix-fixe dinner series on Sunday and Monday nights (it features the peasant food of a different Italian region each week). Chef Chris Cosentino knows his way around a cuisine or two: the under-explored corners of Italy, tasty salted pig parts, and barbecue are just the start. (Full disclosure: In March, Incanto hosted this blogger, Boulevard chef Ravi Kapur, author Harold McGee, and Anthony Bourdain for an upcoming episode of Bourdain's No Reservations, tentatively scheduled to air in August.)

The next Cucina Povera dinners will celebrate the region of Puglia: dandelion greens with anchovy and pangrattato (fried bread crumbs); mussels with potato and chile; bocconnotti (described as a sweet, delectable treat) and carteddate al miele (honey fritters). Of course, the menu is subject to change pending ingredient availability. That's so seasonal! Dinners cost $30 per person, or $39 with two wine pairings, excluding service and tax.

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