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Amorette:
By Susan N. Denaro, Esquire

M

y mother was a voracious reader. Fiction, non-fiction, she
read it all, but her favorite books to read were cookbooks.
Thankfully she passed her love of cookbooks on to me.
When it came to gifting holidays, we often exchanged cookbooks.
The last one she gave me was my prized French Laundry cookbook.
For the uninitiated, The French Laundry, tucked away off the beaten
path in California, is one of those iconic destination restaurants. The
brainchild of famed chef Thomas Keller, it is known for its tasting
menus featuring a symphony of small servings of sophisticated dishes
that may be best described as art on a plate. Fortunately, one doesn't
have to travel 2,800 miles to Yountville, California to find such edible
splendor because Amorette, 401 N. Prince Street, is only 30 miles
away in downtown Lancaster.

Just steps inside Amorette's doors, long before the tantalizing
aromas swirling around in the dining room greeted us, we knew we
were in for a special treat one random night this past winter. Making
small talk while guiding us to our table, the host asked what we were
there to celebrate. We didn't quite understand the question and
merely said we were celebrating the fact that it was Thursday. Shortly
after being seated, we noticed from the tell-tale gift bags on many
of the occupied nearby tables others were indeed there for special
celebrations.
Amorette's tasting menu (it changes seasonally) offers a fourcourse option and a seven course one; we chose the smaller one as we
liked its selections a little more and as the night unfolded, we were
happily surprised that the chef tucked a few extra servings into our
evening.

Our experience began with a bite-sized amuse bouche consisting
of a dried date, with wasabi and pickled ginger crowned by a single
micro green-one of those unexpected extra touches. Consumed as
one bite, I loved how its well-balanced heat and sweetness danced
on my palate and matched my tangy blood orange gin and tonic
cocktail.
As stunning as it tasted, what really struck me was how
elegantly it was served on a specially designed fork that stood up
on its base, as it instantly reminded me of food photos in that
French Laundry cookbook boasting specially designed serving
pieces. This presentation was worthy of inclusion in that book.
As soon as that crazy fork was removed from the table, the
succession of our meal began in earnest. My first course was

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