Monday, March 12, 2012

Locanda Cipriani - Torcello

One of my favorite things to do is go out to Torcello for the day and have lunch at
Locanda Cipriani.
It's a lovely, leisurely, old-world style lunch....served by a very accommodating staff.
One year my friend and I mentioned how much we liked the pomegranates in the garden...after our coffee we were presented with two of the prickly specimens. That evening I did a little watercolor of the beasts.
You can either order one of the tasting menus offered for the day or a la cart. This year I had a repeat of two of my
favorite dishes....canneloni.....delicate and just enough meat blended with the cheese...and a touch of nutmeg. Melt in your mouth good...much lighter than it sounds.
The second was a gamberi with avocado salad...delicately dressed.
There is a nice selection of reasonably priced wines we had a nice, sparkly Prosecco to start.
Great way to melt into your chair.
Then we had a Nero di Avalo.
My newest Italian wine discovery...a Sicilian wine...deep red...full of spice and dark-red fruit. It's a great alternative to the expensive but over-the-top-wonderful, Amarone.
We split a dessert...pistachio creme brulee.....and a cheese plate.
They also offer a nice selection of dessert wines by the glass......Maculan's Torcolato and Dindarello. Torcolato delivers a real punch of honey & apricot...and Dindarello is a lighter...softer version....or for an interesting change of pace...try a Passito.
Save room for the little cookies that end the meal with coffee.

Now...just try and make it back to the boat......

1 comment:

  1. That sounds like a most mellow lunch! And that red wine sounds like my cup of ... wine