Sunday, July 22, 2007

I Nonni? Ay Caramba!

Marie and I had a delicious dinner at Osteria I Nonni in Lilydale last night. The building is weirdly McMansion-esque and located adjacent to a very generic looking condo development. We got a table on the patio overlooking the obligatory man-made pond with fountain in the middle. (Seriously, who lives in these places?) But the food! and the WINE! We had beef carpaccio and a tuna/egg/greens combo for starters with prosecco--a sparkling white wine from Italy. Oh, man, you know that little high you get when you've had a drink before they seat you, and then the food arrives and it's even better than you expected? Every bite is kind of a mini-rush? Oh, man.

We had the osso bucco for an entree, which was lovely, but the star of the night was our pasta course. Orecchiette pasta and roasted cauliflower cooked in the oil that anchovies are packed in. I can't really talk about it yet . . . So. Good.

Our server was a delight and recommended all the right wines. The weather was perfect. No bugs. I'm not sure where we were, exactly. Dude! I nonni must have a wormhole to Xanadu!


Hybrid Fat-n-Sassy said...

You'll have to tell me more about this place, it's on the list of places you gave me to write about.

Lollie said...

Maybe your wormhole comes out at The Falcon House wormhole (see Friday night dinner post).

Whiskeymarie said...

My friend Blondie put it best:
"Prosecco makes me want to kiss boys"

Your meal sounds perfect. I can't believe I live in St. Paul, work in food, and haven't eaten there. I kind of forgot they existed. I'll put it on the "to-do" list.

Night Editor said...

They should pay you for this endorsement--it's so good, and yep that Prosecco thrill--because it's on my list, too. And only, what, 10 minutes away!