Tratoria Nostrani, a much lauded (and equally infamous, more on that later) Italian off the main square in Santa Fe is The Monster’s next stop on what is a never-ending eating tour. It’s Christmas and we’re doing an early “dinner before dinner” so it’s quite and cozy inside early in the evening.
Expect a seasonal menu of Italian delicacies along with a voluminous wine and port list from which to enjoy yourself. A few oddities at Nostrani, your Amex is not welcome nor is perfume or cologne. Now, if you walk in reeking of Axe Body Spray will they kick you out? They very well might and they should. The policy is explicitly stated on the menu and impressed upon you when you make a reservation. If you’re not kicked out don’t expect much love the rest of the evening even if it is Chanel #5.