100 Favorite Dishes: D'Amico Kitchen's Chicory Salad

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As a countdown to the Best of the Twin Cities 2010, coming this spring, Hot Dish is serving up a hundred of our favorite local dishes. Send your own nominations to hotdish @citypages.com.

A friend once told me that I taught him to love salads, and later I realized why: I don't really like to put vegetables on them. I realize it seems counter-intuitive, but stick with me. After a youth spent thinking iceberg + mealy pink tomatoes + rock-hard carrot coins + gloopy dressing = salad, I found that I was more satisfied when greens were topped with meats, cheeses, nuts, fruit, olives, etc. Take, for example, the lovely chicory salad at D'Amico Kitchen. The bitter bite of chicory and frisee is softened by its sweet-salty combo of prosciutto strips, fresh figs, and buffalo mozzarella. Lace it all together with a viscous balsamic vinegar syrup, and you, too, will likely convert to keeping your salads light on the veggies.

Hungry for more? The dishes in our countdown thus far are linked below:

No. 100: Volcano Salad at Tiger Sushi
No. 99: Eclair at Butter
No. 98: Moussaka at Gardens of Salonica
No. 97: "Flappers" at Colossal Cafe
No. 96: Bento Box at Obento-Ya
No. 95: Sausage, salami, onion, and green olive pizza at Black Sheep
No. 94: Crab Cake at the Kitchen
No. 93: Passion fruit cake at Pardon My French
No. 92: Kafé 421 Signature Dips
No. 91: Lutefisk at Landmarc Grill
No. 90: May Day Cafe Croissant
No. 89: Dowjic at Babani's
No. 88: Osso Bucco at the Modern Cafe
No. 87: Chef Shack Hot Dog
No. 86: Adult Mac & Cheese at Good Day Cafe
No. 85: Ropa Vieja at Victor's
No. 84: French Toast of the Dead at Chino Latino
No. 83: Uni at Origami
No. 82: Bagel at Common Roots
No. 81: Jasmine Deli's bánh mì
No. 80: Pho 79's bò cuốn lá nho
No. 79: Sweets Bakeshop's Kettlecorn Cupcake

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