viva italia!

focaccia, with olive oil for dipping

my friend K has, depending on how you look at it, the good fortune or misfortune of being born in the month of december. sometimes, the holidays get too crazy and we neglect to celebrate her birthday. this year, our schedules worked out that T and i were able to take her out to dinner. in the beginning, she couldn’t choose between mexican or italian fare. but the fact we could recommend an italian restaurant in the area, but not a mexican one made her choice a little easier. we took her to tarry lodge, the restaurant owned by celebrity chef mario batali and his business partner joe bastianich. they own tarry market, where i get those wonderful focaccias, and tarry wines.

so, here’s the dinner … in photos πŸ™‚ BTW, how’s the diet coming along πŸ˜›

antipasti pesce: lump crab with piquillos

antipasti pesce: smoked trout with white beans and chorizo

insalate: gorgonzola with walnuts

pasta: linguine with clams, chilis and pancetta

pasta: orecchiette with fennel sausage and rapini

pasta: fusilli ala crazy bastard

we didn’t finish our pasta to leave room for dessert. i’ve tried most of the items on the menu and they are all mouthwatering.

chocolate cake with pistacchio gelato and bitter oranges

panettone pudding with dulce de leche gelato

mascarpone cheesecake with pignoli brittle and vanilla gelato

before we even finished the meal, T and K were already talking about the next birthday (mine). they know how much i love indian food and they already have a restaurant picked out πŸ™‚

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. Betis Boy says:

    one word: envy!!! in a way, i'm lucky i wasn't there, or there'll be no diet to speak of. ironically, the greeks and italians, who have the yummiest foods, have the healthiest cuisine as well. (and we all know they do get a lot of uhhmm… physical activity to burn off their calorie intake). πŸ˜€

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  2. Betis Boy says:

    and props to you. this has got to be the most mouth-watering post ever! πŸ˜›

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  3. Guagua Girl says:

    considering it was a three-course meal, i thought we were pretty good about limiting the intake πŸ˜› agree about the yummiest yet healthy cuisines. i think it's because the ingredients they use are really fresh.

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  4. Betis Boy says:

    i've seen black and green olives. but are those olives brown? as they less salty?

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  5. Guagua Girl says:

    apparently not, according to T. she said they were juice but complained they had pits πŸ˜›

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  6. Betis Boy says:

    you don't eat olives?

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  7. Betis Boy says:

    wow. try to. they're amazing.

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