Friday night was the end of a particularly long and busy week, so we felt as if we ought to treat ourselves to a bit of TLC.
Such was the case last Friday night as we sat in the breezy patio and as I began sipping my impossibly delicious pomegranate martini (right), made from pama liqueur, pomegranate juice, and lemon juice, an almost indecently
enticing aperitif. On Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings Pappagallo offers diners a little sampling of delights, called stuzzichini or small bites. Such delicacies include a goat cheese terrine, grilled asparagus, tempura fried shrimp and clams in cartoccio (paper bag).
freshest of fresh fish prepared with care and served with friendly banter. A fruity and aromatic Verdejo was the out-of-the-box winning wine accompaniment to both fish dishes. The wine was actually quite a difficult choice. The Pappagallo wine list really has to be seen to be believed and that’s why they have won the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence since 2002.
We thought we'd forgo dessert in favour of after dinner drinks – mine a sweet yet fruity Vin Santo/hubby his favourite Zacapa rum and an espresso. In any case we were treated to a little selection of biscotti and a bowl full of dark liquid chocolate (left). I was trying to work out why the dessert and the wine went so beautifully well and then I realised that it followed that old rule of thumb: dessert wines should always be sweeter than the dessert itself. The dry, crumbly biscotti and dark velvety bitter chocolate were not overly sweet, the Vin Santo a few shades sweeter. A match made in heaven and a faultless evening all round.