Today is, of course, Valentine's Day. Tonight Hubby Tony and I went out to dinner at Pastaria, an Italian restaurant that's known for their good food.
From start to finish our meal was awesome. After we sat down the waitress was immediately there to take our drink orders, and when she came back she also brought large pieces of warm homemade bread. It was great on its own, but even better dipped in olive oil (both regular or chili-infused) and Parmesan cheese. When the waitress came back and offered a second piece we both accepted.
Tony and I each ordered an appetizer and entree, but divided everything in half to share. The Shaved Kale salad had an awesome creamy anchovy dressing and was topped with crunchy bread crumbs. An order of Risotto Balls were stuffed with cheese, and served with small containers of herb aioli and marinara sauce. A square of lasagna was a delicious combination of fresh pasta, sausage, kale, spicy tomato sauce, and cheese. Wood Oven Roasted Salmon had a large portion of perfectly-cooked fish on top of a bed of farro, roasted mushrooms, and toasted almonds.
As good as everything was, the highlight was the dessert we shared. The citrus Pavlova was topped with white chocolate gelato, local strawberry compote, and a chocolate "peony". When it was gone I would have licked the plate if I could.
Five years ago today: Happy Valentine's Day