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2015-03-22 14.27.00

Shrimp Arrabiatta from Quanto Basta

Yesterday, The BCPF and I went to Charlotte to see Kinky Boots at the Belk Theater in the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center.  It was a a great show. We didn’t know much about it other than Cyndi Lauper wrote the music for the show.  The execution, costumes, production, music, lyrics, storyline and cast was absolutely top-notch.  To use a good Broadway term, it was “fabulous.” Traffic going down was absolutely atrocious as the DOT, in their infinite wisdom, had one of the matrix signs sitting on the side of the road that said “Right Lane Closed. Merge Left,” thus creating a crazy bottle neck that slowed down flow for about four miles.  The thing was, there was no lane closure and once you got past this sign, you realized that was what was creating that confusion on the road.  When we came back home, traffic was still at high congestion levels for absolutely no real reason.  Actually, I said it was atrocious; only the part where that sign was and the four miles before it was bad, the rest of the traffic day was really good going and coming back.

We had gone to Tim Grandinetti’s new masterpiece, Quanto Basta, on Friday night to give it a full try (we were there for the VIP preopening) but the wait was very long and we had an offer from our friends, Paul Jones, one of the co-hosts of The Beer Dads and his lovely wife, Susan, to go there Saturday, so we left and at Asian elsewhere and returned after Charlotte to meet up and try some Grandinetti Goodness.  And try we did.

We enjoyed wine and Samuel Smith beer.  PJ and SJ ordered the salumi plate with Tuscan ham, soppresata, capicola and mortadello, as well as the Shrimp Scampi Risotto.  The BCPF ordered the Clams & Corzetti and I ordered the Pepperoni Sandwich (which for an appetizer was quite large.  We basically treated this like a pot luck; quartered the pepperoni sandwich, passed the clams and scampi and we just all ate of the salumi plate.  All was delicious and almost filled me before we even got the entrees.  P&S split the Beef Short Ribs Barbaresco with fontina fonduta gnocchi.  The BCPF ordered the Chicken Marsala and I ordered the Shrimp Arrabiatta. I forgot to ask them to take the tails from my shrimp.  I’ll get in the routine some day. Anywhat! I can only speak of my entree and it was good with a nice spice. Great spice I’ll probably have something else, next time, though.  I love trying new dishes and sauces (The BCPF says I have a sauce fetish), but I prefer my sauces to be thicker more than liquid-like. The flavor was great but I just prefer thicker sauces.

For dessert, P&S shared a tiramisu, The BCPF had a brownie with a vanilla gelato and doused in espresso and I had a butterscotch and salted caramel custard.  It was hard to hear the server, Perry, describe the names.  So while, we know what we had, we don’t really know all the names of the desserts.  They were delightful, though; at least mine was.  Perry took good care of us and talked Europe (which he’d never been) and was quite personable.  Overall, it was great to have good food with good friends.  Almost 600 words kind of defeats the Silent Sunday aspect, but oh well.

Until tomorrow, same blog channel…
Scorp out!

“So long as you have food in your mouth, you have solved all questions for the time being.” – Frank Kafka