Sunday, September 28, 2008

LAMB CHOPS, SICILIAN STYLE!






Off out with Irma last night, for serious girl-chat and a lovely meal at the Caffè Consorzio. An autumn menu was in store and I felt I needed it, though it is still "warm" at 19 C in the daytime.

We partook of:
the usual dish of complimentary antipasti
cucuzza [a type of long, green, squash] soup
lamb chops - Irma was good and had roast pumpkin as a contorno, whereas I can never resist patate al forno!
beautifully presented dishes of fruit, with melting lemon ice cream beneath

The fruit and ice cream were offered "on the house" so the price of all these delights came to just €38.50 for the two of us, including drinks.

21 comments:

Crushed said...

That does seem a bargain...

antipasti sounds like it should be the opposite of pasta..

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Ciao, Crushed. I think it's very good value, too. "Anti" in this case means "before" and "pasto" [plural pasti] means "meal" - so "before the meal" - not "anti" as in "opposite".

Dragonstar said...

I'm not that fond of lamb, but that looks delicious. The icecream looks to die for!!!

Nunyaa said...

Wow that does sound like good value, especially including the drinks. It all looks too good to be true Welshcakes :)

Rowena said...

Telecomitalia is still messing with me but I just had to get over here quickly when I saw the food pics! What a meal (and an inspiration to make patate al forno right now!)

flutterby said...

When in Sicily last year, I saw huge flocks of sheep that flowed over the hills like foam. But, I don't remember seeing much lamb on restaurant menus. Did I just overlook the lamb items or is a lot of lamb exported?

CherryPie said...

It looks like a lovely feast :-)

Ellee Seymour said...

What a colourful feast, I do so love lamb chops.

Whispering Walls said...

Have you introduced them to mint sauce?

Saretta said...

Yum, yum, yum!

Unknown said...

THAT'S foooood! I was thinking as I looked (no, drooled...) that Sicilian cuisine must have developed in a melting pot (not sure if I intended that pun!). A crossroads of the Med with all those ships back and forth. North African particularly. Is this meld evident now do you think?

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Hi, dragonstar. I miss lamb as it is not easy to find here. Yes, I thought it was great value, nunyaa. Hi, Rowena. Have you had a message from telecomit saying you have to call 48181 to "request" your normal service back again? Glad you like patate a; forno, too! Ciao, flutterby. Very unusual to see lamb on a restaurant menu here. It is usually only eaten at Easter. Cherrypie and Ellee, it was lovely! Noy yet, Ww! Glad you like the look of it, Saretta. Hi, deb acle. What fascinates me is the Arab influence in the cuisine and this is most evident in sweet dishes. It is interesting that hot spices are rarely used here, though.

jmb said...

Nice to have a meal out with a friend and such good food for such a reasonable price sweetens the deal.

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Quite so, jmb.

Anonymous said...

That made my mouth water - lemon ice cream yummmmmmm. I get home made ice cream at the Wild Fig in Peterston Super Ely,its lovely farm shop with the most delicious food in the cafe and for sale,

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Valleys mam, I remember Peterston Super Ely, but am not sure if I ever went to that shop. Will put it on my list for nest time!

Unknown said...

What a feast, what a delight! How delicious!

I so love eating vicariously when you provide the menu and the photo :-)

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thanks, mg.

Ms Smack said...

Your food looks delicious!

TorAa said...

I think I'll try this recipe. We have lot's of lambs here in Norway.

Here is a recipe - vegetable and lamb:
http://toraa.blogspot.com/2008/10/torsday-recipes-from-norwegian-kitchen.html

Welshcakes Limoncello said...

Thank you, Ms Smack. Toraa, I like your blog and will keep visiting. Thank you for visiting mine.

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