Rainy Saturday evenings call for comforting Italian food. In Hoboken I have my share of Italian restaurants to choose from. In fact, I live exactly across the street from one. However, I instead chose to head over to Anthony David's which was a few blocks away. I had been here before a few months ago for a Sunday brunch, so I wasn't completely unfamiliar with the restaurant, but I had never had dinner here and was definitely curious.
Despite the crappy weather outside, the inside of Anthony David's was nice and dry and cozy. Tables of families and friends dotted the interior. There was also a bar counter where small groups could gather. In addition, there is a larger dining room in the back.
We settled in and were greeted immediately by a friendly server. Even though Anthony David's is a BYOB spot, they recently started to stock Unionville Vineyard wines by the bottle! We reviewed the list of available wines and decided to go with a bottle of the Cabernet Sauvignon to pair with the meal.
While we waited for the wine, we perused Anthony David's latest menu. Yum!
We were pleasantly surprised to see that Anthony David's had ditched the traditional bread and olive oil that's served at the beginning of a meal. They provided us with a spread that appeared to be made of beans and garlic, paired with slices of baguette. This was a delicious treat and we dove in.
We started out the meal with some appetizers!
Charred Octopus - The octopus had a great flavor and was very meaty. It was layered over a large portion of cannellini beans in a tomato sauce, which made this a hearty appetizer. We definitely enjoyed this one.
Burrata - I would never have thought to pair Burrata with salsa verde, but it was an ingenious idea. This Burrata was served over a thick slice of bread and drizzled with olive oil and topped with salt and pepper. Simple, clean, and tasty.
Next up came the entrees!
Grass Fed Ribeye - This ribeye surrounded by market greens, roasted garlic, and pecorino & rosemary potatoes. The meat was tender and flavorful. The greens had a strong taste of garlic, so if you love garlic then this might be the dish for you! The rosemary potatoes were fragrant and perfectly seasoned.
Lobster Gnocchi - I really enjoyed the gnocchi and lobster paired together. I also love corn in the summertime, so that was a welcome addition to this dish. I think there might have been a few too many mushrooms here, but if you love mushrooms then this is the pasta entree for you!
On to dessert!
We went with donuts and a brownie for this portion of the dinner and we were not disappointed.
Chocolate Brownie - This was our favorite dessert. The brownie was phenomenal. It was chocolatey and just dense enough. The pistachio gelato was a really nice addition on top of the brownie. If you've never had pistachio gelato before, I recommend that you go out and find it!
Warm Donuts - We were served four donuts - two were covered in a Nutella chocolate sauce, while the other two were covered in a bourbon glaze. These donuts reminded me of zeppoles, which is basically a deep-fried dough ball. I liked the contrast of the sauces on top of the donuts. The donuts were pillow-y on the inside, but structured enough on the outside to hold up to the sauces. These were a really tasty and a nice (and filling!) end to the meal.
*Disclaimer - I was provided with the dinner in exchange for my opinion. All opinions above are my own.