Could you ask for anything more!!?
This afternoon was spent on the couch, reading, napping, watching Conan.
Then we showered, dressed and went OUT!
There was talk of making beans for dinner. But we needed a little jazz to the day.
On a blah night, cozy Italian seemed like the perfect fit.
Plus, I had a gift certicate from our friends Eric + Alex + little Finn from my BIRTHDAY to use! That’s right, we haven’t had a free weekend since October to plan a romantic date night. It’s been a busy 6 months (my half birthday is April 26!) and while the bakery is sure to keep us busy, at least it will keep us planted in Cville.
We have been wanting to try Tavola for ages! It was standing room only when we arrived at 6:30, which we thought would be early for dinner!
We were told the wait was over an hour (and they don’t take reservations) but since neither of us was terribly hungry, we decided to get a glass of wine and wait it out.
And by glass I mean carafe!
A half carafe – half a bottle of wine – split between us.
I nursed a large glass for our entire 1.45 minute wait. ONE glass!! Small, small sips. I knew I didn’t want to have two glasses – a rather new guideline of mine for hangover prevention. I know I always exceed my guidelines [it used to be 2 drinks per night] so I changed it to one knowing I’ll still go over!
The wine was amazing – an Italian bold red – and I very much enjoyed it.
Matt on the other hand is still on the multi-drinks-per-night plan and had a second glass with dinner
While we did have to wait an extremely long while, we talked and enjoyed the lovely ambiance of the restaurant. If I’m not starving, I do love a little wait sometimes. It’s cozy!
When we were finally seated, we got the best seat in the house! Right next to the open kitchen with great photography light!
While we were waiting we had seen another table order this amazingly looking appetizer so we ordered it ourselves! It was a Burrata – a fresh Italian cheese made with mozzarella and cream – with a side of arugula pesto and sundried tomatoes. Incredible!!!!!
The cheese was a mix between brie, mozzarella and a poached egg in texture! Absolutely loved it.
For dinner I went with Capellini Frutti di Mare “Fra Diavolo” – I almost always order seafood! It was fabulous and flavorful
Matt – at the risk of being boring – ordered Linguini with Clams, however I think his dish (swimming in butter, garlic and pizzazz) was even better than mine!
We traded many bites.
We seriously pondered the dessert menu. It’s very hard for me to pass on dessert on such a fun occasion, but I seriously asked my stomach AND my mouth if they were in the mood and I got a 50/50 vote. Mouth: Yay. Stomach: Nay. I decided one square of chocolate would do and I could wait till I got home and save $8. So that’s what I did!
Very very fun evening!!! Tomorrow, we hike.