I love to meet friends for drinks and to go out for dinner but I really don't enjoy crowds. That means on a weekend I am much more likely to rent a movie and send Mark out for take out than head to the buzzy new spot in town. Another dilemma I face is wanting to try everything on the menu. Dinner at Rome's best pop up restaurant, The Eatery solved all of these hassles.
The apartment was warm and glowy lit with lots of candles. Sophie welcomed us in from the very rainy night with flutes of prosecco while Domenico made finishing touches in the kitchen.
Each plate of the multi-course meal was paired with a carefully selected wine. While each plate was served Sophie explained the ingredients provenance and composition.
Everything was local, fresh and beautiful. Some of the wonderful things we ate included fresh greens, warm potato bread, tiny bites of Jerusalem artichokes and very tender seared beef. (The beef came from one of my favorite farmers, Biola, who brings his truck to FAO every Thursday afternoon.)
Dessert was a crisp speculoos reminiscent cookie wedged into a rich vanilla ice cream on a puree of quince. The just sweet enough desert wine was a perfect pairing.
The international mix of diplomats, aid workers, filmmakers, authors, academics and architects made for lively conversation and a deliciously late night.
The Eatery hosts dinners twice a month.