Posts tagged ‘pasta’

February 17, 2011

Enoteca Adriano: the Burrata and the Pope’s Pillow

Pope's Pillow dessert

I know that we probably cannot rave about this place enough, but Enoteca Adriano, never ceases to amaze; which is why we swooped up the last 7 o’clock reservation on Valentine’s night at this adorably romantic Italian spot. It’s really too bad that the boys were preoccupied that night, but fear not, we just took each other out for the occasion!

Burrata Enoteca

Apparently, we were the only friends who faced this minor dilemma, because everyone else in the entire restaurant was happily coupled, romantically gazing at each other, comfortably positioned hand in hand. It might be an understatement to say that, yep, it was awkward and we sure felt out of place, but the food and service was nothing but the best.

Tonight, we decided to try the Burrata Enoteca as an appetizer, which is my new favorite thing. Basically, it is a big hunk of delicious creamy  fresh mozzarella. It’s more solid on the outside, but when you cut into the center, the consistency is soft and creamy. This hunk of glory was placed on top of a large slice of wonderfully cured prosciutto, accompanied by some roasted heirloom tomatoes and wilted garlic spinach, and tied together with a simple balsamic-olive oil drizzle.

We. nearly. died. It was THAT good.

Then we split the Spaghetti Polpette (translated: spaghetti and meatballs), which was just what we were looking for, after finishing such a rich and decadent appetizer.

Just as we were winding the evening down (and finishing the great bottle of wine we brought along…gotta love no-corkage Monday’s), Chef Franco came out to greet us! After expressing a mutual adoration for the Enoteca and the Little Yellow Kitchen, he came equipped with two glasses of the tastiest dessert wine, Lungarotti, and a much anticipated Pope’s Pillow. This dessert, presentation and flavor profile, is unparalleled. It is big enough to use as a pillow to catch a snooze on…and the mascarpone cream filling would sure be able to provide adequate neck support. YUM.

Needless to say, Enoteca Adriano is such a jewel in Pacific Beach (a place mostly known for its rowdy bars and influx of young college kids), quietly perched a few blocks away from the madness, on Cass Street. If you live in or ever visit San Diego, you must stop by. The amazing Chef Franco will surely greet you with open arms and will send you off with a happy tummy and a “Grazie Mille”. What more could you ask for.

This is the “neck support” I was talking about. That puff pastry square is jam-packed with mascarpone goodness.

This dessert wine brings me back to the time I  spent living in Siena.

Lungarotti, Vino Dolce from the Umbria Region, Italy

I think this is the point we had to stop eating, to prevent immediate food coma… we still had to ride our bikes a few blocks home.

Fresh berries, everywhere!

The End. We got home just in time to pass out to the Bachelor. Perfect.

FYI– Here is:  Enoteca Adriano’s Facebook fan page, and here is From The Little Yellow Kitchen’s Facebook fan page... we are friends you should be too!


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February 2, 2011

Perfect Potluck Pasta Salad

With inspiration from Superbowl recipes all over the food blogging world, I thought it necessary to create one as well. As I’m forced to watch  10 4 hours of football I will need a lot of really good food to keep me smiling. Is it totally horrible that I appreciate the commercials more than the prime time show during this event?


While I definitely plan to make mostly not-so-healthy dishes like buffalo chicken dip, chocolate peanut butter bars, and nachos I will also be making the Perfect Potluck Pasta Salad. Doesn’t everyone like pasta salad? It’s one of those infamous potluck dishes that no one passes up in the buffet line.





The only problem – which really isn’t a problem at all – is that I always seem to make far too much of it. Which is why I had it for dinner last night, lunch today, I’ll have it again for lunch tomorrow, and I may or may not be snacking on it right now as my after work snack.




Oh, and the dressing. Simple and divine. Simply divine.


Perfect Potluck Pasta Salad


6 servings

  • 1 zucchini, diced
  • 1 yellow crookneck squash, diced
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2-3 green onions
  • 3 asparagus
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper, diced
  • 1/4 cup sliced black olives
  • A handful of broccoli slaw (Trader Joe’s is awesome!)
  • 2 cups of mini farfalle pasta salad

Cook the pasta in salted water according to package directions. Add the chopped zucchini, squash, and asparagus to the boiling pasta 1-2 minutes before they pasta is done (to quickly blanch them). Pour into strainer and immediately run cold water over them to stock the cooking.

Mix together the other vegetables with the pasta in a large bowl. Pour Garlic Balsamic Dressing over it and toss gently.

Garlic Balsamic Dressing

  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon stone ground mustard
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil (I used a little less)
  • salt and pepper to taste

Combine all ingredients and use an immersion blender to create a thick and creamy dressing.

Little Yellow Note: I always make extra of this dressing because it saves well and works on almost every kind of salad.