A couple of weeks ago, Twitter started heating up with farmers markets and fresh-and-local grocers bragging that local strawberries were in stock. That in turn got us wondering where we might find strawberries popping up on menus.
Capogiro (various locations, www.capogirogelato.com) is leading the excitement with their Lancaster strawberry gelato, Fragola con Panna. They recommend pairing the super-fresh strawberry flavor with their dark chocolate gelato, and who are we to argue with that tasty marriage?
At Marc Vetri’s Amis (412 S. 13th St.), strawberries are paired with that other treat of spring, rhubarb. The strawberry-rhubarb tart with whipped cream serves as just the right seasonal exclamation point to dinner at Vetri’s latest success.
Strawberries are great with dessert, but that isn’t the only place they are showing up. The recently opened Cooperage (Curtis Center, Seventh and Sansom streets.) features strawberries in their wild greens salad that also mixes in goat cheese, avocado and sunflower seeds and is topped with toasted sesame vinaigrette.
At Lansdowne’s Sycamore (14 S. Lansdowne Ave.), the famed fruit makes a couple appearances, first on the baby arugula salad where it hangs out with cucumbers, goat feta and lemon chive vinaigrette. And for dessert, there’s the buttermilk panna cotta, featuring poached strawberry and rhubarb.
– Arthur Etchells is a local food blogger. Read more at www.foobooz.com.
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