In today’s food section I reported details about Lampreia’s impending move. After 16 years at First and Battery, chef Scott Carsberg isn’t going far: just a few blocks. His restaurant is set to anchor the new Gallery building, one of only two retail spaces slated to open in the condo complex at Second and Broad (the other is a specialty foods store). If everything goes as planned, the carefully designed new restaurant should open by year’s end.
Lampreia, offering Carsberg’s very personal take on the foods of Northern Italy, is one of those polarizing restaurants. It has its fervent fans and its incredulous naysayers. I sit squarely in the former camp. For me, Lampreia is the answer to the question, “Where did you celebrate your birthday dinner last year, Nancy?” And this photo. . .
. . .is the punchline to the question, “With whom would you want to spend your upcoming wedding anniversary?” (My husband, by the way, would agree.) Part of the reason we’re so crazy about Lampreia is that the James Beard award-winning chef is married to his restaurant — in a way rarely seen among chefs of his caliber. As for that coveted award: he famously chose to stay in Seattle and cook, as he’s done every night since Lampreia opened in 1992, rather than show up in NYC to accept it.
As both paid critic and paying guest, Carsberg has given me more reasons to sit up in my chair and say: “My God! This is the best food I’ve ever eaten!” than any other chef, anywhere. So I, for one, am looking forward to seeing how he ups the ante in his new location. You?