By: Jessica Cickay
At the 2012 North End CityFeast – Dining Out to Conquer Diabetes event to support the Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund, I realized that I am really good at eating for a cause. I’m also really good at eating for fun. And eating for two…or three when my blood sugar reaches the point of “ruh-roh”, and eating for no reason beyond the fact that eating is awesome. But every morsel of my meal at the premier North End restaurant Tresca tasted even better knowing that each bite was giving back to those fighting a disease desperately in need of a cure.
After a quick reception at Antico Forno, where I did my best not to corner every waiter carrying around platters of steaming hot, ooey-gooey, crispity-crunchity arancini, and where Mayor Thomas Menino made a speech about the importance of the work the Joslin Diabetes Center’s High Hopes Fund is doing, I nestled into my seat at Tresca and held on tight for the five-course dinner to come. First off, an oldie but a goodie…yet with a Tresca twist! Our salad course was the Caesar con Tarfufi, a classic salad of romaine hearts and shaved parmesan cheese, elevated by a Caesar dressing spiked with aromatic and earthy white truffles. Simple to the untrained eye, but these eyes know something special when they see it.
Instead of last, Tresca saved the best for second, in my stomach’s opinion. Keeping the truffle flavor flowing from the salad course, our next indulgence was the Crespelle al Forno, two crispy crepes studded with specks of chive, stuffed with truffled fresh ricotta, and topped with arugula and roasted wild mushrooms. The dish appeared as a perfectly wrapped present, and from the light-as-air ricotta, to the peppery bite of the arugula and the mushrooms and truffles that made me feel at one with the earth, I honestly could consider these crepes as a gift from the food gods…who apparently work in the kitchen at Tresca.