Sunday, July 06, 2014

Piedmont and Cinque Terre Food Porn

After eating so many great meals in a week, it's been brutally difficult* to upload. But I persevere, so that you may be jealous.
First off, our last meal out in Piedmont, at Wine Bar Barolo Friends. We chose this as it was a) open b) had seats for 8 and c) was air conditioned (it was in the 90s). Unfortunately, mid-90s is not the ideal temp to savor Barolo, so we opted for a refreshing bubbly instead. The food was tasty, but not spectacular. I opted for spaghetti bolognese, since it seemed wrong to go to Italy and not have it. Toothsome noodles, rich sauce, a great dish, if nothing to write home about.

However, the filled pasta were delicious -- rich, but not overwhelming. Definitely a highlight.

After that, it was off to Cinque Terre. We picked a restaurant with a view and one that our host recommended: Il Casello. Unfortunately, we had no reservation so we had to make do with being seated a bit off the patio, but the view was still nice:



Neither Lindsay nor I were big fans of sardines, but we changed our tune after trying the Cinque Terre-style sardines at . As we enjoyed our view of the sea, the rich, meaty sardines in a tomato sauce with fresh olives and garlic. It completely changed my opinion on sardines from "ugh, salty" to "I'm listening..."

Our main was the catch of the day, local sea bass, with roasted potatoes. It was light, tasty and I didn't even feel guilty for eating something overfished since it was local :)

Of course, we couldn't go without trying the local pasta, trofie (basically short, thick pasta that's been slightly twisted -- a little thicker than slivered almonds) al pesto. The pesto was bursting with flavors, the olive oil mixing well with the garlic and basil. Scrumptious!
Of course, there will be more to come.
* For a lazy blogger

4 comments:

Anonymous said...

Those sardines in that sauce...I think a loaf of bread might have been eaten to be certain no yumminess was left on the plate!

Keep the posts coming! I love the memories coming back full circle:)

Lindsay

Steve Cook said...

Why are your pictures so tiny? They should be at least 640 across. Go to the layout menu in blogger and adjust your margins.

But more importantly, when will blogger be implementing the new HTML5 tag ?

Otherwise, great job. I'm supremely jealous.

jtingermany said...

Lindsay, will do!

Steve, I went back and made them all x-large. so there's that.

why be jealous when you can just go there yourself?

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