Mystery Meet, a foodie meet-up fueled by social media, is an enterprise founded by Seth Resler one year ago. Each month, a restaurant of note is chosen, clues are released one by one; foodies sign up to receive an invitation, not knowing the actual restaurant; 24 hours before the meet-up, the location is revealed. We at Wine Dine With Us were intrigued with the concept and have subsequently attended many of the meets. Among the more notable – the first at Ten Tables in Cambridge – awesome food; the banquet at Myers+ Chang; the incredible cocktail pairing at the Russell House Tavern; ” dining in the dark” at the Hampshire House; and the pig roast, which we hosted, at Citizens Pub. The clues for the July Mystery Meet indicated an Italian restaurant with a wood-fired oven and an Enzo wine preservation system in Davis Square, Somerville. It could only be Pizzaria Posto – and it was. And now, on the first anniversary of Mystery Meet, we were gathered at Posto in Davis Square for an evening hosted by Bianca Garcia of Confessions of a Chocoholic.
The evening began with a warm welcome by Bianca explaining why she had chosen Posto – it was outside of Boston, it wasn’t overexposed and she really, really liked the food. It was further revealed that Bianca had worked with the staff to create the menu for the evening, choosing among her favorites at the restaurant to add to the evening’s repast. And what a menu! Not only was it well balanced, it was flawlessly executed. And bountiful! Posto’s mission is to be a “modern slow food wood fired pizzaria and enoteca”. Here is the Italian focus on quality ingredients simply and honestly prepared. We began with bruschetta that really sang with a drizzle of vincotto; the simple salad was perfectly dresed with the honey thyme vinaigrette. Next, the pastas were a study in contrasts – the delicate crab tortellini in pea brodo and parmesan crema versus the bold Bolognese with tagliatelle. One of my table mates was a “Bolognese-phile” – he pronounced Posto’s endeavor as wonderful. The rest of us agreed. On to the pizzas. The crust was a matter of discussion and admiration – just the right amount of char and just the right amount of chew. Of course, the toppings, especially the pork soppresatta, were noteworthy. And to add just the right ending to the meal, a classically light tiramisu.
We were generously offered a wine flight for$20 which featured two of the restaurant’s higher end red wines – the 2009 Villa Mathilde Falanghina, the 2006 Chateau Trois Moulins and the 2008 “The Prisoner” a Cabernet Sauvignon, Syrah and Zinfandel blend from Napa. The beauty of the Enzo preservation system is that it allows premium wines to be offered by the glass with no loss of integrity from one pour to the next.Many thanks to Bianca for hosting and to the staff and management of Pizzaria Posto for executing such a great event. The watchword for the evening truly was “Abbondanza”.
The evening’s menu
WOOD FIRED PIZZA