11/21/2012 11:05:00 AM

Best Thing We Ate This Week in DC: Pre-Thanksgiving Dinner at Elisir

Elisir's Thanksgiving pies
A traditional Thanksgiving dinner - turkey, stuffing, sweet potatoes - is one of our favorite meals.  So when we learned that Enzo Fargione would be serving an early holiday dinner at his elegant Penn Quarter showcase Elisir this week, we couldn’t wait to taste an accomplished Italian chef’s take on classic American cooking.

Roasted squash stars in a seasonal cocktail, Falling in Love, made with bourbon, Amaretto, vodka, chocolate bitters and a squash syrup. However, we opted for a glass of wine to go with our starter - a jewellike medley of roasted beets, citrus and thin, crisp artichoke chips and goat cheese. Fresh from the oven, housemade breads were too tempting to resist. Then the main course arrived - thick slices of white and dark meat with beautifully browned, glazed skin, elegant and delicious bread stuffing and a sweet potato puree. Gravy and cranberry sauce were served on side. It was everything that the meal is supposed to be - simple, hearty and full of the fall bounty’s natural flavors.

The choice of desserts included a choice of sweet potato or pecan pie or white chocolate mousse.  We took ours home.The restaurant won’t be open on Thanksgiving day, so we’ll have to wait for next year to have his turkey dinner again (427 11 St. NW; 202-546-0088).


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