Here’s yet another establishment that we had been to many times in the past and truly enjoyed but somehow it slipped off our radar or…we got lazy. Buona Tavola in Paso Robles is an Italian joint on Spring Street, a couple blocks from the downtown park. It is a quaint (small but very comfortable) fine dining destination well worth the visit.
They have a small bar, sits roughly 6 to 8, where we decided to perch because – as you most likely know by now – we love bars. The lady and gentleman that took care of us were fantastic. Great customer service. The gentleman had the Italian accent and was very professional and also aided us in our wine choices for the night. Now let’s get down to business.
Here’s what we ordered:
Carpaccio del Tiziano – Thin slices of seared black pepper beef fillet topped with arugula and shaved parmesan cheese in a horseradish dressing. $13.75
Insalata di gamberi e capesante – Warm salad of sautéed sea scallops and grilled shrimp with roasted bell peppers, green onions, organic arugula, capers, and garlic in a lemon mustard dressing. $15.95
Gnocchi Novaresi al pesto – Homemade potato dumplings in a light creamy pesto sauce. $15.25
The Carpaccio was amazing. As you’ll see in the slideshow below, there were big slices of parmesan cheese on top and we love parmesan cheese. The salad was exceptional and was Annie’s favorite because she’s a salad addict and the addition of shrimp and scallops made it her dream plate. She could literally eat that for breakfast, lunch, and dinner…daily! Finally, the Gnocchi, I have turned into a huge fan of this dish and theirs was so good. I didn’t want to share with Annie but my marriage is more important than one dish.
Our visit was another reminder to myself to avoid the ruts and routines we get in to. It’s cool to go to the same spots where you’ve made friends with the staff and all that but it’s really good to break out of that from time to time and get to those places you go to less frequently. We had a great time and will definitely be back to Buona Tavola soon.
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