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Tigelleria Organic Restaurant

August 22, 2013

Wow, I’ve been gone a long time.  I always seem to be apologizing for not writing more often.  I should just write more so I don’t need to apologize.   I don’t have a real excuse for not writing.  I haven’t mentioned it here but I’m going to be a Mom in a few months!  I’ve been incredibly fortunate and haven’t had any morning sickness or weird cravings at all… so I can’t even blame it on that.  Do you remember my crazy pizza obsession a few years ago?  I think TM was worried that I would get like that while pregnant.  Not obsessed about pizza but weird stuff like dill pickles dipped in peanut butter or beef jerky slathered in cottage cheese.  (BTW, I’ve never tried either of those combinations and I don’t plan on it.)

We ate a lot of good food in July.  TM’s birthday is at the beginning of the month and we celebrated at Tigelleria Organic Restaurant.  It’s close to where we live which was a huge plus since we were leaving on vacation to Canada the next morning.  We booked an early  reservation so we could pack after we got home from dinner and we were the first ones in the restaurant that evening.

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I actually enjoy eating dinner on the early side and beating the crowds.

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We started out with the burrata appetizer.  Whenever I see burrata on the menu, I’m immediately drawn to it and feel compelled to order it.  This one certainly did not disappoint.  It was a silky pugliese burrata; served on broiled organic white bread with organic arugula and tomatoes.  (We did ask if it was made with pasteurized cheese to make sure I would be able to eat it.  There are so many food restrictions when pregnant!)

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I’ve been on board the kale train for a few years ever since I read how good it is for you.  We buy organic kale at the farmer’s market whenever we can and make kale chips multiple times a week to go with dinner.   We don’t usually eat it raw in salads just because we love the taste of kale chips so much but we were both intrigued by the black kale salad.  This black kale was tossed in lemon juice, honey & olive oil with mango, pine nuts & homemade goat & walnut cheese.  It was light and refreshing and I loved sweetness of the mango in the salad.

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TM chose the filetto di maiale as his main dish.  He often gravitates towards duck or pork dishes when we go out to eat and this time he chose pork.  It was a pan-seared pork fillet with pancetta, sage and onions in a red wine sauce.   It came with potatoes and an apple puree’ and roasted chestnuts.   He definitely loved this dish as it was cooked to perfection.  I unfortunately, was not able to taste much of the meat since it was not cooked well done.  (another one of those pregnancy food precautions)

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I ordered the spighe al cinghiale: homemade organic ravioli, stuffed with wild boar slowly braised with organic veggies, herbs and
montepulciano wine.   It was tossed in a white porcini mushroom sauce with a hint of cream and white wine.  The picture makes this dish look small but it was quite filling.  It had an ever so slight “gamey” taste which truly accentuated the fact that I had ordered wild boar.

It was a lovely dinner and I could see us going back again, especially since it’s so close to where we live!

76 E Campbell Ave.   Campbell, CA

Dinner with the Bay Area Boys!

April 25, 2008

Our first couple nights here in the Bay Area, my Aunt and Uncle invited Boyfriend and I over to their house for dinner. We were lucky to get home cooked meals by doting “parents”! Last night was officially our first dinner out since the move… we met up with Horace, Carlo and Bob for an Italian dinner in Palo Alto.

Vero looked innocent enough. Small, quaint, and friendly. It’s unfortunate that everything that could’ve gone wrong at dinner last night, went wrong.

Boyfriend ordered the Trofie alla Genovese: hand rolled pasta, potatoes, string beans and pesto.

Bob and Carlo both ordered one of the specials: Penne with salmon and cream sauce.

Horace went with a seafood pasta (obviously).

I went with another special… risotto with Italian sausage and porcini mushrooms. The risotto was harder than I prefer and this picture makes it look like I ordered mac n cheese.

Our server dropped Horace and my plates onto the floor as she was serving our table so the two of us had to wait extra time for our dishes to come out. When our dishes finally did come out, I noticed my dish had artichokes instead of porcini mushrooms. Porcini mushrooms were the sole reason I wanted to try the risotto. She bad mouthed the chef and mentioned that the sausage and artichoke risotto was last night’s special. Our server comped Horace a glass of white wine and Bob got a free beer. I got hot tea out of the artichoke/mushroom mistake. Neither the tea nor wine were drinks we planned to order on our own.

Dessert should’ve been simple enough. Bob ordered the Suffle’ al Cioccolato and Carlo and Horace both went with the orange one. These were noted on the dessert menu to take 10 minutes to prepare. Boyfriend and I got the Panna Cotta with strawberries.

After we had waited about fifteen minutes, our server came out to tell us they do not have orange souffles! Unbelievalbe. Carlo changed his order to a chocolate one like Bob and Horace ordered a tiramisu. Another ten minutes or so after that, our server came to tell us that they have ONE orange souffle and that they would bring that out.

No problem with Bob’s dessert. He said it was really rich and could feel the richness through his eyes! That must’ve been fun at at the gym when he met up with his friend right after dinner.

The one orange souffle of the night which Carlo consumed.

Horace’s tiramisu by default.

The panna cotta that Boyfriend and I shared.

I’m so glad we had great, entertaining company at last night’s dinner. We were there for over two hours most of which was spent waiting. The food was just alright and the experience there was nothing to write home about. (although I apparently thought it was worth blogging about!) In our server’s defense, she was the only one there last night but it wasn’t THAT crowded. Perhaps she was just having a bad night??

I probably won’t go back to Vero although I loved the neighborhood and definitely want to try out other restaurants in the area.

530 Bryant St. Palo Alto, CA

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