No, Tom Colicchio isn’t just a New York City icon that alternates withering glances with looks of disbelief as Top Chef head judge. He’s also the culinary engine behind Craft Restaurants, one of the country’s most polished restaurant groups. Craft Los Angeles in Century City always puts farmers first on their menu, and they feature some of the best service in the city. I always enjoy visiting during dineL.A. Restaurant Week, when their $49 dinner menu is a particularly good value with varied flavors that recently included premium pork.
Chef Andrew Gavalla recently took over for Ray England as Craft L.A.’s chef de cuisine after eight years as sous chef. During my dinner, the transition sure seemed seamless. One of the dinner entrees starred beautiful, fat-rimmed Mugifuji pork that Quebec based Lucyporc developed for Japanese and Korean markets. Slices of rosy meat rested on an earthy bed of purple sweet potato puree with moderately sweet roasted torpedo onions.
Dose of Vitamin P spotlights my favorite pork dish from the previous week.