Have you ever felt that you have done something and it turns out that you haven’t? I recently had this feeling and I could have sworn on a stack of Bibles that I had. I recently changed my cellular phone that has been problems for the last year, but that is several stories that will probably never be related. My Bride and I were going to meet at a restaurant and she got there about an hour earlier to me, so she spent some time nursing a Negroni at the bar and talking to the help and a patron. She has been to the restaurant several times with her lady friends, but this was the first time that we had been there together, even though I was the one to tout her about the restaurant. The first time that I had been there was just before my son left to live in Las Vegas, and then I have been there a couple of times since then, but I have only written about it once before. It was funny, because I was talking to the wife of the chef/owner and had mentioned that I had written about the restaurant a couple of times and that I even had shown a matchbook, showing how long ago, since I first started going there. Well I couldn’t get my cell phone to work adequately, otherwise, I would have realized that I had only the one article, and no matchbook to be seen. I may be getting senile, but I realized that I was wrong about the article, but in my mind’s eye I can still see the matchbook, so it must be sequestered somewhere in this house, because between my Bride and myself, we have plenty of souvenirs.
We were at Cariera’s Cucina Italiana and trying to decide on what to order. I mean I just adore Italian food, and the more old school it is, the more I get excited. I am not sure if my Bride totally shares my enthusiasm, but she does enjoy the cuisine, though once she finds something at a restaurant, she is usually happy to always continue ordering it. We started by sharing some Steamed Muscles in a White Wine Sauce. My Bride had Pollo Marsala, chicken breasts sautéed with mushrooms in a creamy Marsala Sauce. I as a creature of habit tend to order veal, only because we have never attempted it at home, so I had Vitello Aragosta, Veal Scaloppini sautéed with asparagus, roasted red peppers and lobster served in a blush cream sauce. We were very pleased with our meal and could have used a walk.
I think my Bride was all in the mood for a nice wine, after enjoying her Negroni at the bar, which has become her new cocktail of choice, so much so, that she has even stockpiled the necessary ingredients at the house. I found an interesting and affordable wine, even at restaurant pricing to order. We had a bottle of Beni di Batasiolo Barolo DOCG 2014. Beni di Batasiolo is located in the northwestern region of Piedmont and was formed by the Dogliani brothers in 1978 after the purchase of the Kiola winery, which had been established in the 1950’s. The Dogliani family has a long history in the Piedmontese wine industry since the late 1800’s and they were one of the first companies to sell Barolo in the United States. The fruit is manually harvested and destemmed and the initial fermentation is done in Stainless Steel on the skins for about eleven days. It is then aged for two years in Slavonian Oak casks, followed by another year in Stainless Steel and then aged in the bottle, before being released. The wine had a deep garnet color and that big taste only Nebbiolo can produce under loving guidance. A balanced tannin wine that is just so easy to drink with a delivery of dark red fruits and a nice long finish. As far as I am concerned, who needs a dessert when one can have an extra glass of this wine after dinner with a nice conversation.