Top Ten Dishes 2011 #3: The "Hunter's Egg" at Mad Tomato


I'm counting down my ten favorite dishes from the restaurants that I reviewed in 2011. The top dish will be revealed on Tuesday, December 27, and look for a slideshow featuring most of the winners on Wednesday, December 28.

The "Hunter's Egg," an antipasto at Mad Tomato - JENNIFER SILVERBERG
  • Jennifer Silverberg
  • The "Hunter's Egg," an antipasto at Mad Tomato
The "Hunter's Egg," one of the antipasti on the menu at Vito Racanelli Jr's latest venture, is an egg poached in tomato broth and then served in that broth over thick polenta, with tomato, al dente white beans and chopped pancetta. It could easily be a satisfying main dish for one. It is rich, yes, with the egg yolk and the creamy polenta, but the brightness of good tomatoes keeps it in check. This is the sort of dish you crave on the first cold morning of fall.

- from "Hear, Hear" September 1, 2011

Mad Tomato (8000 Carondelet Avenue, Clayton; 314-932-5733)