Serious pie…

Everything that I like can be classified as either Immoral, Illegal or fattening! This valentine’s wish was in the fattening category! J

We had reservations to go eat at a nice, small and cozy restaurant. Nothing fancy! The reservations were at 9:00 PM which is a very abnormal hour for dinner. Anyway, I couldn’t do it before as work demanded my presence up until then. We got to Pasta Freska at about 9:10 PM and it was packed crazy!! I just couldn’t believe that people were willing to wait for 50 minutes or more before they got their dinner served. The chef was really sweet and he took us to his boat (which was docked by the side of the restaurant) and offered wine and appetizers on the house! Although, the offer was tempting, I wasn’t willing to wait for another 50 minutes. This restaurant will surely get its due some other time.

Just when we were deciding on another restaurant I remembered about Tom Douglas’s new restaurant – Serious Pie! We walked in without any reservations and got seated in less than 30 seconds. This came as a good surprise, given that they always have a long line up on weekends. Several things screamed at me as soon as I entered, the place is very small, cozy and nice. Very upscale but very bare bones! (It’s sorta like the W hotel.) Simple menu, great food, and lots of vegetarian options! J We got seated at the corner by the window (well, almost!), comfy bar stools and a candle! Just can’t beat it!

We ordered a nice, yum vegetarian pizza. It was served on the pizza pan itself, which by the way was a rectangular pan. We got two clear glass plates and some silverware. The pizza was thin crust and rectangle shaped. It was topped with caramelized onions, olives, and something like broccoli stems (I don’t remember the real fancy name!)With lots of gorgonzola cheese melted over it. The sight was as tantalizing as the taste! It was yumilicious! Followed by this we shared a dessert which again was a very special one. It was an affogato, hazelnut, honey ice cream. Simply put, it was honey ice cream, with two shots of hot espresso poured over it just before serving. The result – Extraordinary! It’s very unique because, the coffee is steaming hot and the ice cream is cold. So when you take a bite you have something bitter and hot mixed with something really sweet and cold floating in your mouth and confusing the hell out of your taste buds. None the less, I loved it… I finally drowned it all with a good cuppa joe! What a fantastic evening!                                                                                                                    

Its simple joys like this that keeps you wanting to love life! As George Bernard Shaw once said, Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself!

Hope every one of you had a nice Valentine’s Day too!

-Mithun Dhar

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