Living in Boston, it may be blasphemous to say, but I don’t necessarily think “North End” when I want a good dish of pasta. Don’t get me wrong, I have a few favorites like Taranta and Mamma Maria that I frequent all the time, but I like to venture out and see what else is on the playing field.
Andddd let’s be real. When I go out to eat Italian food, if there is pasta Bolognese on the menu, I ALWAYS get it. I just can’t help myself. I would like to try other plates but I have this magnetic attraction to this dish. It is my utmost favorite plate. If I wouldn’t become the size of an Italian meatball, I’d eat this every night. I like it that much. So if you happen to have a favorite spot for Bolognese in Boston, PLEASE let me know; I want to try it.
Tonight my dinner date was the fabulous Allie of Modern.Classic.Chic. It had been a while since we had a proper dinner together so we figured now was appropriate as she had just landed a new job. What better way to celebrate than with a nice meal.
With every meal there must be a fabulous drink, particularly on the weekend! I decided to go with an old favorite and had a French 45. I have also made this at home – it is very simple: recipe; I always follow this Food Network recipe:
“Shake 2 ounces gin, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and 1 teaspoon superfine sugar in a cocktail shaker with ice. Strain into a coupe glass; top with champagne. Garnish with a lemon twist.”
If you didn’t get it from my intro, you are probably not shocked that I got the pasta Bolognese. Not only was the portion huge (great for when you have gone without eating all day) but also, it was fabulous and flavorful. The worst thing one can receive is a tasteless dish. I’ve had me a good amount of bologneses and I would say that this was one of the better ones I’ve had.
Tidbits of the night:
1) If you haven’t tried a French 45, do yourself a solid and get it at your next outing. It is a refreshing but strong drink.
2) Always smile. It’ll make you feel happier but will also get you more attention and possibility for engagement in conversation. You may end up finding out your dinning neighbor was in the same class of university as you were or happens to be from an area you’re dying to visit! (Don’t barge in conversation, but when appropriate and you feel comfortable, go for it! YOLO.)
3) Never underestimate the greatness of your waiters. Having had a fun night of dialogue and jokes, we must have left a good impression with Alessandro. We ended our night with frozen cappuccino drinks on the house.