Italian restaurant Scarpetta
hired a new chef back at the beginning of the year, and the results are starting to come in. Patrick Leano and owner John Liu have been on a ruthless quest to pare back their menu since teaming up in January. Not to pare back the number of dishes, mind you. No, what they are doing is a radical stripping back of their dishes to their core elements, trying to intensify flavors, and make every dish a showstopper. Are they successful?