500BestSquareCarpaccio @ Ristorante Del Porto

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Carpaccio is a translucently thin slice of raw beef. The thinness can be achieved either by slicing frozen beef that wy, or by pounding it on a counter so you can almost see through it. It’s served cold as an appetizer, and is one of the specialties of Harry’s American Bar in Venice, Italy. Not enough restaurants offer it here, but the best of those is Del Porto, whose style is Tuscan and whose heightening of flavors is skillful. The beef slices come with truffled creme fraiche–just a little.

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Ristorante Del Porto. Covington: 501 E Boston St. 985-875-1006.

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