Locanda dell’Arcangelo had an enticing antipasto di verdure which included grilled eggplant, stuffed eggplant, lightly roasted carrots with thyme, cipolline in agrodolce(sweet and sour pearl onions), Gaeta olives, insalata d’orzo(Barley salad) , bruschetta, and zucchini. The bruschette were inedible. The bread was at least a week old and they didn’t add any salt. Everything else was fine. The pearl onions were especially delicious. We ordered a bottle of Marco Carpineti Capolemole Bianco 2009. Carpineti is the winery I want so much to succeed, and I wrote about in an earlier blog. The wine had a lovely hay yellow color, lovely floral and fruity aromas, with a hint of bread, but it was someone flat and lacked acidity.
For my first dish I ordered an absolutely scrumptious pasta con zucchini, radicchio con olio, aglio e menta(pasta with zucchini, radicchio, oil, garlic and mint). It was a well balanced plate of heaven. The radicchio and zucchini were perfectly cooked, the pasta wasn’t loaded with oil, the aromatic flavors from the garlic and mint were utter perfection in my mouth. And despite the wine’s lack of freshness, the aromas and fruitiness paired well with my aromatic dish. I was very happy. And full.
Of course we ordered everything at the beginning of the evening when our stomachs were empty from not eating lunch earlier(too hot to cook) and we both had a case of eyes are bigger than the stomach, but we did not cancel our contorni of vegetables we ordered. We ordered grilled radicchio, cicoria, and French fries (say what you want, they were delicious). The radicchio was grilled and swimming in oil and Aceto Balsamico that tasted artificially sweet. We only took a few bites. The cicoria was nothing special, but at least it was cooked well and not dripping in oil like I tend to see in Rome. The French fries were homemade and perfect. Almost as good as the perfect plate of fries I once had at the Madonna Inn many years ago.