Before I move I really wanted to do a “girls day” with some of my close girlfriends. We ended up spending a few hours in Carmel just enjoying each others company. I decided to pick the restaurant seeing as I’m the one with the restrictions. I don’t actually go to Carmel often (even though I live the next town over!), so it was harder than I thought to find a place that was reasonably priced, had a decent looking menu and had good reviews online.
I came across the site for Piatti Restorante & Bar – was in Carmel, menu looked awesome (many things I could have), was open for lunch, the prices were pretty decent so I made some reservations and listed that I have Celiac Disease (explained it a little bit) and when we arrived they asked which one had Celiac and helped us with the menu. Our waiter went back and checked with the chefs for their salad dressings, the appetizers etc. Obviously the pasta and pizza were out but they were willing to make anything for me, just had to ask and it was mine.
For starters we had:
Some very tasty berry drinks that sadly I can’t remember the name of and can’t find them their online menu!
GAMBERI ~ Grilled Pancetta Wrapped Shrimp, Arugula, Cannellini Beans & Lemon Oil
Both of these little starters were fantastic. I’m a big fan of the shrimp wrapped in bacon with the white beans! So tasty. The Parmesan fries just sounded good and they were perfect, nice and crispy, not soggy.
For our meals Alicia and I ended up getting the same salad:
RUCOLA E FICO : Arugula, Prosciutto, Roasted Figs and Goat Cheese with Sherry Vinaigrette.
Victoria ordered the
PRONTI : Maytag Blue Cheese, Kalamata Olives, Cucumbers, Pine Nuts, Parmesan & Red Wine Vinaigrette
We all stole bites of each others dishes and hers was awesome. Part of me wished I ordered that one with the salty olives, the cool cucumbers and the crunch of the pine nuts…yummm. Mine was still really good though :)
Lisa was the only one who opted to be different (no surprise there-ha) and ordered some pasta which sadly I didn’t get to try any of but sh really enjoyed it:
STROZZAPRETTI “Twisted Rope” Pasta, Chicken & Prosciutto Meatballs, Mushroom, Tomato & Sage Soffritto
All in all this is a fantastic reasonably price place to enjoy and extremely wonderful dinner/lunch. The atmosphere was very pleasant and the wait staff was above and beyond what I expected. They were very knowledgeable and extremely helpful to me and my dietary needs. If you have one of these in your area I suggest taking your other half out for a nice date night or get together with your friends for a girls night out. After our lunch we headed down to the cheese shop to get some samples of great cheeses and brought a few home! I love that little place. Got a little surprise visit from Lisa J. right before we headed home too. Very happy I got to see her before heading back east.
Thanks girls for coming out with me today! I’ll miss you