I think I’ve made it abundantly clear how much I love all the Indigo Road restaurants. The Macintosh has long been my favorite for atmosphere, creativity and cocktails, and O-Ku is my second for sushi, and well, the dance floor. Their newest restaurant, Indaco (Italian for Indigo), has made its way to my top three. After several visits, I’ve finally tried enough things to share with you. Put your bibs on — it’s time to drool.
Of the antipasti, the burrata is a must. It’s a serious dose of cheese, served with marinated olives and flatbread. At first I was surprised it came with so much bread, but trust me, you’ll want every piece to soak up the delicious olive oil. I think I may like the oil as much as the cheese and my arteries hate me for saying that.
As much as I just went on about cheese and oil, I need (no, seriously NEED) you to order the crispy chickpeas with shallot and Aleppo pepper. There aren’t many fried foods I’ll eat (not even at Chick-fil-A, ha), but these are just necessary for any Indaco dining experience. You will not be able to keep your hands out of the bowl. Though I don’t have a picture of them alone, you can see Logan’s manly fingers in the bowl above this pasta dish, which I’ll get to later.
My favorite salad is the bitter greens: kale, escarole, radicchio, soft boiled egg, and croutons with a lemon anchovy vinaigrette. This is a pretty big salad, so you can definitely share with a couple people. It’s a good option if you plan on eating a heavy pasta.
The butter bean puree with mint and pecorino was pretty good, but I probably wouldn’t get it again. It just wasn’t what I expected; it reminded me of a warm hummus.
The wood-roasted squid salad is really good, especially if you’re a fan of the chewy little mollusk. It’s served with arugula, pickled peppers, potatoes, olives, caper aioli, chickpeas, and radicchio.
One of their seasonal specials is the pumpkin blossoms with baccala, pickled peppers, lemon, and aioli. This dish has so much going on and is really unique. Try it quick!
Have I ever told you how much I like meatballs? Well, I do. Probably because I like mini anything, and they’re just cute. The lamb polpettes are served with, soft polenta, tomatoes, capers and they sure do satisfy.
You’d think the pizza would be one of the first things I would try, but it actually wasn’t until my third visit that I did. My first choice is always going to be a margherita pizza, but our server highly recommended the roasted brussels sprouts pizza with honey crisp apple, pepperoncino and pecorino. I wanted to love this pizza, I really did. It just didn’t do it for me, but everyone else at the table enjoyed it. I was expecting big ol’ brussels and not just the leaves.
Finally, the dish that makes this place a favorite. The camera d’aria is something I wish every single person could try, at least once. Because I have three times and that’s just not fair to you all! The first time I had it I thought about it the rest of the night and told everyone. It’s a black squid ink rigatoni stuffed with shrimp, scallop, blue crab and chives.
My brain literally stops working when I eat this. I can’t even talk, just gobble it right up and hope the person next to me understands that good food > everything. That’s a bit of an exaggeration, but you get what I’m saying.
I don’t often get into wine on the blog, but I will say that the glasses of red I’ve had are great. I can easily recommend the La Maialina “Gertrude” Super Tuscan, the Vestini Campagnano “Kajanero” and the Tasca Lamuri Nero D’Avola. The bartenders are fantastic with their recommendations and knowledge of the wines, so rest assured you’ll be taken care of.
I feel large after writing this. But not large enough to want that pasta right this very second. Go, go, go! Oh, and for the record, because I know it confuses a lot of people, it’s pronounced In-DAH-co. Thanks for clarifying that in the spelling bee, Steve. : )
Charleston friends, have you been? What have you enjoyed?