No. 41: Café Martorano Eggplant Stack
This dish right here puts a line in the sand between the Café Martorano lovers and haters. It's $24. That's two appetizers at most places. And we're talking an inexpensive ingredient like eggplant. But this dish also typifies what's special about Café Martorano, about a place that cares so much about every single ingredient. Those slices of eggplant come perfectly
crisp on the outside -- difficult when you're essentially stacking them
in a salad -- and warm and soft in the center. The mozzarella is of the
fresh-pulled variety, the greens dressed in a fantastic vinaigrette, and
the tomatoes are thick slices that seem right off a vine in Napoli.
Like all the dishes here, it's served family style, put down in the
middle of the table, sliced up by the waiter, and passed around. It will
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be, perhaps, the first time ever that your family fights over eggplant.
Well worth that $24.