“In Tyler we trust.”
That’s the motto behind The Market Italian Village‘s No Menu Mondays. Every Monday from 4-10 p.m., chef Tyler Minnis creates a new menu from scratch. The regular dinner and apertivo menus aren’t available – only Tyler’s creations!
The point is that you come in each week and trust that chef Tyler won’t steer you wrong. In my experience, he hasn’t yet. When you arrive, you’ll be given the hand-written menu with the day’s selections. You’ll generally see a charcuterie board, meat- and veggie-centric dishes, a wood-fired pizza, and a dessert.
The week’s menu is complemented by a selection of specialty cocktails, beers, and wines. And what do you know? The night we visited there was a cocktail called the Breakfast For Dinner: Middle West Spirits’ honey vanilla bean vodka, honey syrup, espresso, and Honey Nut Cheerios cereal milk. [Gob Bluth voice]: Come on!
I had to order it. It was nicely done, balanced between sweet and a touch bitter.
We split three dishes for dinner, starting with the charcuterie board. You see more and more charcuterie plates at restaurants these days, and not all of them are equal. But The Market serves their own house-cured and pickled creations alongside locally made charcuterie. That board was polished clean by the time we were done.
Second dish was a fungi-heavy pizza with garlic, potato, and truffle oil. You can imagine the rich, earthy fragrance of the pizza when it arrived at the table.
Last dish was a delicious hangar steak with carrots a l’orange, wasabi pea, and a butter potato fondue. We usually order steak to the chef’s preference – and we’re supposed to be trusting Tyler, right? – so ours arrived medium rare, wonderfully seasoned and tender. If you’re the meat-and-potatoes type (heck, even if you’re not), this is the dish for you.
Even if you can’t make it to The Market’s No Menu Mondays, keep an eye out for their other weekly specials, like the Monday-Saturday Aperitivo hours from 3-6 p.m. or $1 oysters on Thursdays.