It is clear that Petunia is on a mission to try out every Italian restaurant in town in order to find a sensibly good quality alternative to a very expensive restaurant which serves divine food. My friend D and I tried out Cacio e Pepe today.
It was divine.
I really liked what I ate and I will go back. Maybe tomorrow.
Beef carpaccio... A hint of lemon... some sharp cheese (Parmesan)... plenty of olives.... very tender beef slices.
Mushroom soup... this was better than the very expensive restaurant. It was so thick with mushroom goodness that it was almost mushroom purée. Very lightly seasoned but SO full of mushroom umami taste.
Panna cotta... this was half the size of the very expensive restaurant but I thought it was even slightly superior in terms of taste and presentation.
Tiramisu... somewhat too sweet.
I had a mouthful of my friend's Spaghetti of the Day. It was good. It had a tomato based sauce that matches mine below. Where tomato sauce spaghetti is concerned, Little Boy orders it in every restaurant and can only finish a third of the plate because he says "It doesn't taste like yours, Mom." The tomato based spaghetti sauce at Cacio e Pepe doesn't taste like mine but I think Little Boy will LOVE it. It's really packed with taste and complex flavors. I wondered if there was a hint of truffle oil... or I might be dreaming.
Petunia's spaghetti bolognaise
(rosemary, thyme and sage from my garden together with 40 tomatoes cooked down to a paste)
This spoils the spaghetti bolognaise from everywhere else for both The Daughter and Little Boy no matter where we've gone (Australia... France... USA). BUT I will let them try Cacio e Pepe's and I think they will agree that if I die, they can go there to have good spaghetti in tomato-based sauce.
Their Set Lunch is only $13.90.