Just a hop skip & a jump up the road from Santa Fe, along 84/285 in Pojoaque, is this gem of an Italian restaurant. It's changed hands a bit in the last
few years, but is now owned by Executive Chef Steven Lemon,
who moved on from Pranzo in Santa Fe.
Photos by C. Whitney-Ward
I ate there last week with a friend and it was sensational. Everything was beautifully plated, beautifully prepared and delicious. I could describe the nuances of each dish, but instead I'll show you what we devoured.
The house-made focaccia was lovely...with lemon & rosemary.
How do I describe biting into one of these plump, ricotta and sweet corn
stuffed squash blossoms? Perfect. Then there was the
cherry & mustard oil compote on the side that was brilliant.
Ah the buratta. Stuffed house-made mozzarella - luscious and spreadable on a simple buttered & grilled disk of bread. I wanted another plate full. It was that good.
Next came the...
Arugula watermelon Salad.
Pan-seared rib eye.
Pan-seared rainbow trout w/ coucous
And, for dessert? Parmesan truffle French fries.
Well, it was as good as any dessert.
Wonderful ambiance too.
Simple, Fresh & Local.
Open for lunch & dinner.
Owner/Executive Chef, Steven Lemon
GM, David V. Marquez
86 Cities of Gold Rd.
Santa Fe, NM