The latest edition of Five Bistro's (5100 Daggett Avenue; 314-773-5553) rotating pop-up restaurants begins today, and it's called Il Poggio. It means "the hill" -- fitting -- and is a celebration of Northern Italian cuisine.
The menu features heirloom vegetables from Five's own garden, housemade pasta, delicate salumi and more. It's available Wednesday through Saturday for $55 per person, plus $30 for optional wine pairings and $5 for bread service. Reservations are required, though, so call 314-773-5553.
The first course is housemade mortadella on house foccacia with olives, followed by butternut-squash ravioli topped with house-cured prosciutto, Missouri pecans and Baetje goat cheese. Next it's Five's take on eggplant parmesan with tempura-covered eggplant parmigiano-reggiano and a tomato puree.
Heirloom tomatoes grown in the garden are topped with fresh mozzarella, balsamic and sea salt. The fifth course is Fitchner Farm Piedmont beef carpaccio with cucumber, onion and microgreens, followed by potato gnocchi topped with pork trotter ragu and housemade goat-milk ricotta. The sweetly Italian dessert is tiramisu and gelato.
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