We had a delightful long weekend in Stratford. Thanks so much to prima for helping to make it so, and to non doctor for all the interesting additional info about Stratford.
Our favorite dinner - by far - was at Pazzo. We have many excellent Italian restaurants in Phillly, but Pazzo would be a favorite anywhere.
We made a mistake by ordering two appetizers, both meant for sharing. Both delicious, but way too much!
The house-made burrato with roasted garlic was wonderful, and so was the crostini topped with chunks of warm crabmeat. We felt like we had had our dinner!
My entree was the lamb loin, served with a beautiful assortment of vegetables and fruit. The winner was my husband's lobster cannelloni.
The pasta was light as silk, and the flavor, which I can't identify now, was marvelous. This was one of the best dishes either of us had ever had.
We shared a dessert which I no longer can describe, but it was light, lemony, and perfect.
Our dinner the next evening was at Bijou. The food was all very good and the portions were generous, but the service was abrupt and it was not a welcoming atmosphere. Our waiter seemed quite rushed, and were in and out quickly. Disappointing.
Our third evening we were "foodied out" so we enjoyed salads and pizza at Pazzo's lower level.
Our best breakfast was at Sirkel, on Wellington. A small menu, but everything was carefully prepared and very good, from the fresh home fries to the excellent bread. Breakfast the following day was at Features - not great. My French toast tasted like plain toast sprinkled with powdered sugar. Breakfast the last day was at our hotel, where my banana bread French toast was like dessert - a guilty pleasure.
We did drive to the Monteforte dairy, which is closed on weekends. We met a lovely couple who were working there, and they drove us (we followed) to the Stratford Market. If you get there, make sure to try an Apple Fritz - a hot fritter made of mostly apple.
The Slow Market on Sunday morning is pleasant but small. I couldn't resist a rhubarb pecan muffin.
We stopped in various coffee shops - Revels, etc. - all good.
And oh yes - I did get to Barr's for some rhubarb Jellies!
Wish we didn't live so far from Stratford. The theater productions were outstanding and our experience couldn't have been better.
Thanks again, prima!
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