February 25 – March 3 was restaurant week in York, Pennsylvania and I took the opportunity to visit some friends in the area and sample some of the local cuisine.
Tutoni’s is a farm-to-table restaurant located in downtown York, where all the food comes from local farms. The specific farms sourcing the food were listed on the wall; there were about 5 of them. Tutoni’s is known for its tapas and for its fresh, homemade pasta. I went with the pasta, which meant straying from the restaurant week menu. One of their signature dishes is the Rigatoni Bolognese: rigatoni pasta served with a beef and pork ragu sauce. As this was very meat heavy, I also ordered the arugula salad to go with it. The salad was fresh and robust, made with plenty of greens and accented with pomegranate seeds. But I did find the vinaigrette dressing too salty. The pasta was solid, served al dente with just the right amount of sauce. The owner is justified in being proud of this dish.
For dessert, Tutoni’s has a selection of parfaits. There are four to choose from, and I chose chocolate peanut butter. It tasted like it was homemade. While somewhat rich, it was not too heavy, a nice way to finish off the meal.
It turned out that my friend’s son is also an accomplished cook. For dinner, he had cooked some brisket. The brisket was lovingly smoked for 7 hours, ready just in time for dinner. Honest to God, this was the best smoked brisket that I had ever had. Absolutely delicious. He also made some smoked sausage which was good, but not quite in the same league as the brisket. The burgeoning gourmet has quite the future ahead of him.