When: October 9, 2016, 1:20 PM
Chris, Elaine and I are at Wine Country Trattoria for a relaxed Italian lunch. We are doing the customary “well, do you want a starter?” Kabuki, and finally we decide: yes. Yes, we want something to nosh before the entrees show up.
We go with the Rustic Bruschetta.
As a general rule, I like bruschetta. I love tomatoes, and, when paired with slices of toasty bread, I can get pretty happy. So I’m excited to see what the Trattoria version looks like.
Up top: this is a very different beast.
This bruschetta is all about mushrooms, not tomatoes. It’s got a layer of sautéed mushrooms, some sun-dried tomatoes, and a bit of cheese, all sitting on top of a toasted bread slice. Visually, it’s not at all what I was expecting.
It is, however, dang tasty.
The first bite sold me. The mushrooms are cooked and seasoned well; the bread is softer than expected, and easy to eat. The sun-dried tomato adds some surprise, and there seems to be a drizzle of chili oil in there, too. These aren’t big slices of bruschetta – two bites per slice, max – but they’re quite, quite good.
This is a unique take on a classic dish, and a great starter. Recommended.