The last day of our road trip had arrived. The last stop on our three week trip was influenced by three people who I know but have never met. I am confident that you know them also. If you had a chance to dine at one of their tables, you would probably make a stop as well. The three people who I am referring to are famous and most people will know them by their first names…Mario, Lidia and son Joe. Mario Batali, Lidia Bastianich and her son Joe Bastianich have made names for themselves as celebrities in the food industry.
If you have followed along, you know that we have stopped in some wonderful and well know tourist destinations and have had some outstanding food. So you are probably asking yourself where we stopped and where we ate that could have anything to do with the above famous three. We stayed at another exclusive and private B&B (our friends home in Connecticut…they had joined us in Ft. Lauderdale earlier on our trip). Our restaurant for our one night stay was 45 minutes away in Port Chester, N.Y. The Tarry Inn, a restaurant that is a partnership of Mario Batali, Joe Bastianich, chef Andy Nusser and Nancy Selzer.
I should offer a little history. Last spring we visited our friends in Connecticut and during an outing stopped in Port Chester, N.Y. to buy baked goods at the Kneaded Bread, a fantastic bakery. Afterwards we walked across the street to the Tarry Market.
You are instantly transported to a little corner of Italy right on the streets of Port Chester. Walk inside the Tarry Market, a renovated elevator factory and you feel like you have been transported to a large European food market. Lining one wall are signed cookbooks by both Mario Batali and Lidia Bastianich. Walk through an opening and you enter Tarry Wine, where Joe Bastianich has a great choice of wines for sale. Back in the market, it is hard for any foodie to not want to buy out the store. Walk around the corner and you find the Tarry Inn. The restaurant had just opened for the evening and we were able to enjoy a wonderful meal with our friends.
Flash forward to the present and I knew that we had to go back to the Tarry Inn, hence a stop at our friends beautiful home for a one night stay. We arrived before they were home but there was a note to come in and make ourselves comfortable. Soft classic music was playing, and fruit, cheese, olives and crackers were sitting out on the counter along with a note that chilled wine was in the refrigerator.
Now don’t you wish you could have an invitation to this B&B as well.
They arrived home and we shared a glass of wine before heading out to Port Chester. Our first stop was at the Tarry Market.
The choices are wonderful. There are cases of house made pasta such as short rib ravioli and squid ink tagliarini. Cheese counters with artisanal cheeses from the Hudson Valley share space with wonderful cheeses from Italy and the rest of Europe.
Big wheels of cheese line the wall. Fresh baked bread, cured meats, Italian olive oils and vinegars…I could go on and on.
It was time for dinner so we went around the corner to the Tarry Inn. The four of us shared three antipasti…Verdura Mista, Pesca Mista and Grilled Octopus with Potatoes.
We chose pasta as our main course and each dish was wonderful (good friends always share bites after waiting patiently while photos are taken).
We ended the meal with a chocolate cake with bitter orange sauce and pistachio ice cream. Our friends chose the Tarry sundae with sour cherries.
Back to Connecticut for a good nights sleep. The next morning after a lovely breakfast we said goodbye to our friends and headed home. We arrived to see a little snow remaining in the shady parts of the orchard and the pond is still frozen. We had a great trip and I hope you enjoyed following along.