I've decided to add a new category to PotentialGold. I am going to re-visit old posts that bring back fond memories - posts that I have forgotten about and am now rediscovering...
My experiences in Italy a few years back have been such a large part of my life and slowly, as I 'waste' my young years away, I enjoy reminiscing on those times.
The post below is the second post I ever posted on PotentialGold. Damn, since then so much has changed.
My comments in RED are reactions to what I wrote then...
The other night I had a great meal at Trattoria dell’ Alba in Vho di Piadena (Cremona). I dined with the FOH manager and his wife, as well as two ‘cameriere’ from Al Vedel. Cremona - how many of you even know where that is?!? one of the line cooks I worked with in Al Vedel was from Cremona - man did she get it bad..."Cremonesa di merda!"
This Trattoria is much more like the true Osteria. One waiter, who knows everything about the restaurant (he happened to also be the owner) and its food/wine arrived at our table. The menu was announced and our order was placed. Hello - the menu was announced - how great is that...I'd love to have a place like that - what a perfect restaurant.
The antipasto was a table-wide variety of salumi with the addition of house made baby onions in vinegar, marinated artichokes, insalata russo and crispy polenta squares.
The antipasti were enjoyed with a bottle of Bellavista Franciacorta Gran Cuvee ’99. Bellavista - maybe one of the greatest sparkling wine producers in the world!