The last day of Staycation was brilliant. We started the day with breakfast at Mole Poblano in the Italian Market. We got there early enough to make sure we had a tamale with our breakfast (they sell out early), but that was nothing compared to some of the other families there that were crushing 2+ tamales per person. I was impressed! Anyway, we started with a mole (with pork) tamale. Tom had the huevos con jamon, and I had the huevos rancheros. So good. Unlike Blue Corn, this place does not have a liquor license, but it is BYOB, so I could see bringing some beer and coming back for dinner sometime, especially on Sunday when they have barbacoa and other specials.
After breakfast, we went to Anthony’s Italian Coffee House and had a couple Americanos. It’s a pretty legendary place in the Italian Market, but we had never been inside, so it was good to finally experience it.
I met Tom outside the Ritz Bourse after his last movie and we took the El up to Girard to go pick up some wine at the state store (the Girard store is thankfully open on Sundays though we had to rush to get there before they closed at 5pm) and then go to dinner at Modo Mio, which is BYOB.
Modo Mio does a Sugo Sunday special, for about $40/per person including tax. It’s an amazing deal and we can’t wait to do it again. Sugo Sunday is all about the Italian-American Sunday gravy tradition, so I knew to expect courses of antipasti, pasta with red sauce, meat, salad, and dessert, but I was still unprepared for both the variety as well as the quantity of the food!
First came the antipasti, which included asparagus, eggplant, garbanzo beans, olives, provolone, mozzarella, and 2 types of salumi.
Next came the sugo course, with 4(!) kinds of pasta (bucatini, rigatoni, gnocchi, and lasagne), and 4 kinds of meat (meatballs, sausage, chicken, pork). Amazing!
After this we were served a refreshing arugula salad, followed by a dessert of tiramisu and pine nut tart. Incredible!
After our dinner we were up to some after-dinner drinks, but since Modo Mio is BYOB we had to go elsewhere. We headed back closer to home and had an amaro (Tom) and a grappa (me) to close the evening out at Amis.
Bye, Staycation, we miss you already!