Started off with lunch on Friday with some great soft shell crabs at Peach Farm - our group of four also had pea shoots with garlic and oysters with black-bean sauce (tho those suckers are just way too big for me to appreciate fully). More excellent SSC at Prezza that night - Northender had mentioned they're on the menu now - fat, crispy and served with a smoked tomato aioli - wonderful. Also enjoyed a new app on the menu - skirt steak with creamy onions and figs, a great combination. E got two of his favorites - the clam 'chowder', and the pea raviolini with ham and mascarpone. Finished with a shared white chocolate pudding and rum raisin ice cream. My first time ordering this - decadent and delicous.
Limoncello on Saturday night. As always the stuffed artichokes and stuffed peppers were excellent. I tend to stick with a consistently good dish - the rosette pasta with Montasio cheese, but this time instead encouraged a friend to order that, and I had the risotto special. I loved it - peas, crab, and chock-full of those tiny white baby anchovies. Friends loved their bass and the rosette. My husband's osso buco was a tad tough, but the accompanying saffron risotto was very good.
Memorial Day checked out the new patio at Il Panino in the North End. They've really done it nice - it's been about three weeks now - eight large comfortable tables. Someone had mentioned they were disappointed with a shrimp dish they had. I can see that since I think they thought it was an entree with pasta, but it's actually an appetizer (under the antipasta section) and I thought it was great. Six U-10 jumbos in a limoncello, lemon, and garlic sauce on a crostini. Generous enough that I had another app as my meal - eggplant parmigiana. E had (as always if it's on any menu)the Veal Chop Milanese. I think this is the only place (aside from Fiore's roof deck which is over-run with smokers)which has outdoor seating in the North End. Really a nice spot on a summer day.