Just what we need. I know. But another attempt to go to Blair's last night was thwarted this time by our inability to successfully plan a unison arrival time with one coming from a work meeting in Burbank and the other from Santa Monica. But an afternoon call was returned within the hour by Jessica who could not have been more accommodating. We'll make this work eventually.
So, 9pm found us downtown Santa Monica without a plan -just a desire for some good food. The promenade/4th Street area was packed and we opted to gamble on getting in at Rocca. The hostess could not have been nicer and although it appeard as if every table was occupied she let us know that she would have a table for two in about ten minutes. Sure enough, a few minutes later, we were whisked upstairs to a great table in back next to the service area. We were happy.
Started with a small Beet Salad with Fava Beans, Mint and Egg and the Asparagus Milanese, $9 and $12(?) respectively. Delicious. Ordered a bottle of Badiola which combined the Sangiovese fruit with a Cabernet weight nicely for $34. Shared a perfectly satisfying Pappardelle with Prosciutto, Peas, Mint, Pecorino and Olive Oil for $9 and then had a beautifully prepared Whitefish with Asparagus for $17 and a lightly breaded Chicken Milanese for $19 with Peppers and Tomato. Finished with the Affogato (the best unofficial coffee milk shake around), a latte and one more glass of the Badiola. Total bill was $119 and we left our server, Peter, $25. He could not have been more hospitable and he never missed a beat.
On our way in, I had spied my favorite cliff hanger actress from West Wing on her way out and had asked the host if he knew who she was. He said no but that it was her second night in a row dining there. Indeed.