Dinner for seven at Riva Cucina – 1 June 2011

Our friends N&M are visiting from Albuquerque, and their younger generation M&S are also in town, so they, D&I, and our younger generation R, all went to dinner at Riva Cucina. N&M suggested this, b/c they had some very old wines stored in our cellar that needed drinking, and Riva has a no-corkage night on Wednesdays. It was a great excuse to go there for Massi’s cooking 🙂

Well, I didn’t get a photo of my own pasta, which is all the funnier b/c we were just talking earlier about how in unusual situations I sometimes forget to take dinner pictures. I did get a shot of the setting before anything arrived, so that will have to do.

We ordered a couple of plates of Antipasto Misto for the table, which served well for an appetizer for everyone.

Along with the bread and rosemary oil, of course.

I ordered the chickpea pasta with fava beans and garlic pesto, and it was marvelous. Others ordered the Passatelli with salsiccia, and ravioli with carciofi, tagliatelli bolognese, and baby back ribs with barley. All terrific (as expected).

Almost forgot the apricot tart! I think the crust was cooked and then the custard and apricots added. We all thought the apricots were not ready for picking, but the rest was terrific. I think that grilling the apricots might have improved the dessert.

Given how many people we had for dinner, we were let to open three of our own bottles, which was quite generous of the restaurant, I thought. We had this white, which we bought from the restaurant, with the appetizer – a 2008 “Eight Arms” Verdelho. It as great.





We had three reds with dinner: The Acorn Alegria Vineyards “Medley” 2002 was spectacular – from D’s and my cellar. The “blue bottle” Haut-Medoc was probably the least happy, but still very good, even though it was a 1995. The Gundlach Bundshu 1996 Cab Franc was great.

{Written the 2nd}

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