Fans of bottarga may want to trek to the Mission for a taste of Sardinia and Sicily. Specchio chef Gino Assaf is dedicating Thursday nights to the silver mullet roe. It's a favorite of the chef, who began working with bottarga in Venice and has been testing and tweaking it on Specchio's menu since September. The press release for the Thursday events evoke saucy images of La Dolce Vita, teasing, "Whether it will make you spontaneously seek out fountains to traipse around in while Vespas suddenly appear out of nowhere remain unverified." We can verify that the bottarga items run through Nov. 11, and include spelt spaghetti with cherry tomato, olive oil, and bottarga; risotto with asparagus and bottarga; farfalle, zucchini, and bottarga; and cannellini beans with greens, celery, and bottarga. Dishes are $16, or a suite of four for $45.
Specchio: 2331 Mission (at 19th St.), 956-5528.