"Sformato" is an Italian creation that is something like a souffle, only heavier. At chef John Sheely's new restaurant, Osteria Mazzantini, I recently ordered the item called "sformato" on the appetizer menu. The dish was described as "
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The caulflower sformato, flan, souffle, or whatever you call it was amazing, and the bitter watercress leaves made a fine foil. (Not sure where the pickled apricots were.) The toasted cheese crisp that crowned the vegetable flan provided a welcome crunch. But it was the rich cauliflower crema that really grabbed my attention. This stuff was transcendant. I want to eat it like soup, use it as a sauc—-hell, I want to pour it over my cornflakes.