Supper last night a Casa Bleve, Rome. I hesitate to call it a “winebar” or a “restaurant”. Restaurants have food accompanied by wine; Casa Bleve has wine accompanied by food, and enough food for a supper. It has a palatial setting, located on the ground floor of a mighty munchkin’s 17th C palazzo.
My appetizer: Fresh zucchini flowers stuffed with ricotta cheese, roasted tomatoes pistachio, black olives, and other assorted rabbit food. Very tasty. My primo was Tonarelli "Cacio e Pepe"; equally tasty. And my second was baked cod with cream of chickpeas and rosmary.
This good food accompanied my wine. I'm trying to learn more about the wine from Friuli. The waiter recommend a Pinot Grigio called “Villa Russil”, and matched it to the above menu. The waiter chose well -- the finest Pinot Grigio that I've ever drunk.
And then right after my appetizer came completely out of blue our own Maureen Fant! She asked the waiter where I was, and then she joined me. So the food and wine had its own accompaniment: rich and splendid conversation. She ordered, as my guest, a dish which she described on my Facebook page (where you can see my photos) as follows “The dish is what Casa Bleve calls their ‘sfizi,’ meaning tasty tidbits. It derives from the old lunch counter at their old shop in the ghetto. They'd close the shop at lunchtime and set tables. Sig.ra Bleve (Tina, still at work) would make these yummy rolls of things like turkey and smoked fish and delicious salads.” And she added to my photo “The present assortment consists of zucchini flower, turkey, both with ricotta, pepper filled with tuna, smoked swordfish, and a baked veg thing (yum), with lamb's lettuce, mozzarella di bufala, and semi-dried tomatoes in the middle.”
What an evening! Thanks, Maureen! I pray that I’ll meet her again at Nerone along with her husband, Franco.
Now I’m off to Il Convivio tonight.