Tuesday, August 28, 2012

La Serre

We had finally gotten through all of the leftovers in the fridge when I asked my wife what she would like to do for dinner. She replied "we should probably eat that steak from Friday, even though I don't want to." "I ate it for lunch," I quipped. "Oh thank goodness," she said. I asked where we should go and she said she felt like Italian food. My wife is pregnant and her tastes vary more than usual, just recently she told me that she didn't like Italian food. I think she is the only person in the world who doesn't like it, until recently. I suggested La Serre, which in the interest of full disclosure is owned by a friend of ours. For some reason we don't go to La Serre very often, yet every time we leave I say we should go there more.

It was a lovely evening so we decided to sit outside, which we had never done before. It was very quiet other than the band from a neighboring restaurant, which was a pleasant surprise. We ordered two salads and an order of escargot. The fellow with whom we were eating, we'll call him Fred AcNamara, has ordered them before and both times been disappointed because they come with a cognac sauce instead of in the shell with garlic and butter, as I believe they are traditionally served. (I think he secretly wants to act out the pretty woman scene with the escargot projectile.) My wife had the Papardelle Carbonara, which was delicious. I guess the papardelle refers to the thick fettuccini that is used in the dish. Apparently the name comes from the verb pappare, which means to gobble up. Fred and I both had the Lobster & Crab Ravioli and his wife had the crab cakes. The crab cakes were delicious, but quite rich. The ravioli was excellent. It is made with egg and squid ink pasta, which is delicious and gives a nice visual with the white top and black bottom. It is prepared with a butter sauce and roma tomatoes. For dessert we had chocolate mouse, key lime pie, and an Italian creme cake. All three were delicious, I am always fond of key lime pie, as one can never go wrong with a graham cracker crust. A very enjoyable meal was had by all and the bill was quite reasonable (about $50 per person) we thought. I would certainly recommend La Serre to anyone looking for French or even Italian cuisine, since they serve both. Oh, I probably should have mentioned that part.

Monday, August 27, 2012

Eat It Alert!

The location formerly known as The Miss Albany Diner will become an Italian restaurant named Sciortino’s after the owner's grandparents. I was sad to see M.A.D. go, but it's nice to see that the place will be open again. See the post here