Our first appetizer was the meatballs. On the plate there were two giant meatballs with pomodoro sauce, parmagiano cheese, and parsley. The meatballs were really soft and tasted very homemade. The sauce gave it a nice flavor. The next appetizer was octopus. My five-year old cousin wanted to try this because she was excited to get to eat an octopus. My mom didn't want any of it! It was fried and had smoked tomato, pistachio, and chili. Surprisingly, it tasted like calamari. It was nice and crunchy, but tender on the inside. The last appetizer was a special. It was a brussels sprouts hash with a soft-boiled egg, soppressata (which is a dry Italian salami) and crunchy lisci (which was their homemade spaghetti). I was excited about this dish because I love the brussels sprouts dish at The Parlor. The brussels sprouts, the lisci, and the egg all made sense together. When you ate it, it was yolky and crunchy.
The first entree was the branzino. On the plate was a whole grilled fish, but they cut off the head and the tail because we asked them to. There were scalloped potatoes and lemon anchovy oil with it. It was very creative. The lemon was great with the fish. The last entree was a cauliflower ravioli. On the plate were cauliflower ravioli with lemon brown butter, garlic and parmigiano cheese. It wasn't what I expected. I thought it was too creamy and I didn't love it as much as I loved the branzino.
After we were all finished sharing our entrees, we made sure we still had room for dessert. The dessert menu came out and we decided to split some again. The first dessert was a cider doughnut bread pudding with apple butter and Jane's vanilla ice cream. The bread pudding tasted like an apple cider doughnut but was more moist. I love apple cider donuts and apple butter so this dessert was for me. The last dessert we had was a popcorn trifle with housemade caramel popcorn, whipped popcorn cream, and lemon zest. The lemon zest gave it a kick while the caramel corn gave it sweetness. So it was lemon zest vs. caramel corn in your mouth. I'm glad my grandparents had a great time and that my cousin was adventurous. We had a good time and I'd really like to go back. I would recommend The Cookery if you like The Parlor.