Sunday, April 21, 2013
Rather than doing individual postings on every restaurant meal my sister and I enjoyed, I have decided to do a "greatest hits" collection of the best dishes and restaurant experiences we encountered.
At Armando al Pantheon, the starter of black rice studded with seafood.
Everything fried at Da Cesare al Casaletto
The Tasting Menu with wine pairing at Il Buco in Sorrento
Everything at L'Asino d'oro for the incredible price of 13 euros
and this dish of calamari and artichokes
Roma Sparita's renowned cacio e pepe in a parmesan cup
fried gnocchi with cacio e pepe sauce
fried meatballs with pesto
Everything at Ristorante Antico Arco
artichoke and guinea fowl lasagna
lentil soup with grilled calamari
onion pie with parmesan sauce
Everything at Roscoli
the goat cheese starter
cookies with chocolate for dipping
white wine from Avellino
Homemade fettuccella with anchovies, sorrento walnuts,
escarole Neapolitan style and toasted pine nuts
beet flavored pasta with clams
zesty red wine
seabass with spring vegetables
coffee with limoncello
Friday, April 19, 2013
Yet even a grande dame like the Crillon needs to be refreshed with a new wardrobe and amenities that clients have come to expect nowadays. So it was not surprising that the owners of the hotel would be closing it for two years to do a major renovation; what was surprising was the decision to auction off to the public all the current inventory of furnishings, artwork, and decorations. I went on line to look at the catalogue which listed over 3500 items including chandeliers, lamps, tables, desks, curtains, sofas, chairs, reception counters, carpets, framed prints, silverware, dishware, even wine for sale.
Perusing the catalogue, I was rather intrigued by a set of silverware (24 place settings) and the low estimated value (400-500 euros) for the lot. I begin to think that maybe even I could afford a piece of history....
So I registered for the auction that I would be able to watch and even bid for items online. As the auction began yesterday, I sat down to watch, observe, and prepare myself to participate.
Tuesday, April 16, 2013
After leaving Amalfi, the traffic thinned out and the weather improved, allowing us to appreciate both panoramic views and smaller details.
and a notable restaurant called Aquapazza. The star of the menu was not just fish, but anchovies in particular. And the chef made sure we tasted them in various forms...
Our destination was the picturesque fishing village of Cetara where we would have lunch. It was a revelation...no tour buses, just villagers going about their daily business...
in a superb fritto misto...
and in a spicy version of the ancient Roman condiment garum.
Beverly opted for a seafood linguini and I followed the anchovies with an inventive fish and pea soup dish.
Yet, as delicious as the food was, the ubiquitous restaurant logo
was equally as memorable.