So, I was invited with about 120 others to try some of the new menu items that will be coming to The Flying Pig’s Oceanside location starting Tuesday.
The new menu will feature Craft, Italian inspired dishes created by new Chef Justin Lappies. Justin has been working with Executive Chef Mario Moser for the last three years and was tapped to replace exiting Chef Samantha Parker, who is now at Campfire.
Do not worry, it is not a complete menu change and you will still see Flying Pig staples on the menu, it is just an infusion of freshness accompanying the new Chef.
All the dishes were served “family style’ and varied with each table.
What we had…..
Panzanella Salad ~ Heirloom tomato, red romaine, onion,basil, cucumbers, capers, fried house focaccia, house vin.
Great salad with super fresh ingredients. I would say an interpretation of a panzanella.
Arancini ~ Arborio rice, herbs, mushrooms, house red sauce and truffle aioli.
A great light version of what can sometimes be a heavy appetizer. I loved the filling and the mushroom flavor. I did not care for the truffle aioli but the red sauce made up for it in spades.
Meat Flatbread ~ Pepperoni, ham, sausage, house red sauce, caramelized onion, opal basil
Classic, tasty flatbread.
Tagliatelle ~ Daily Bolognese, with aged parm.
This was my dish of the night. Perfectly cooked, hand-made pasta with a rich sauce that contrasted perfectly with the freshness of the greens.
Campanile ~ Daily pesto, house sausage, mushrooms, aged parm.
Another tasty pasta dish, loved the pesto and the sausage. Pasta may have been slightly to al dente for my taste.
Olive Oil Pound Cake with Champagne Gastrique
Spumoni ~ Pistacio Gelato, Brandied Cherries.
Excellent gelato, could have used more kick out of the brandied cherries.
Overall, great food that will be a nice addition to the Pig’s menu. Just as long as the pork chop does not go anywhere:)
626 South Tremont Street, Oceanside