Food To Dish

The Best & Worst of Everything Food!

Tag: BLOG

The Falls Falls Short

the-falls food to dish

The Falls, Palm Springs, Ca.

1 Golden Spoon

We started our experience in the bar.  Dominic pourer our Martinis complete with a panache of dry ice.  Very fun and he was charming.  We actually became excited about the potential experience based upon his great care.  But…then everything went downhill.

We were escorted to a corner table and presented with menus.  Atmosphere was fine, but tired.  We perused the menu which was a traditional steak house menu but the descriptions were lackluster. This should have been a sign.  We opted for The Falls Caesar Salad described only as “Prepared from Scratch Table Side for Two for $20.”  Seemed safe.

(more…)

Ristorante Peppone, Rome Italy

Ristorante peppone Food to Dish
4 1/2 Golden Spoons
What a gorgeous little restaurant tucked just off the Via Veneto in Rome on a small side street, Via Emilia.  We were welcomed by a very well dressed handsome mature gentlemen who looked like a Vanity Fair model.  Crisp striped shirt, nicely tailored slacks, smartly polished shoes, striking silver long hair perfectly coiffed.  He took us to a lovely table next to two a dramatic tall French door type open window.  The room inside had tall cream ceilings with gorgeous crown moldings and trim.
red prosciutto carving machine food to dish
A spectacular fire engine red prosciutto carving machine/station held court in the center of the immaculately spotless room.  Quite impressive.  The menu was pages long and offered an impressive array of classic roman style dishes. We chose the warm octopus salad and eggplant Parmesan as starters accompanied by a local Pinot Grigio.  The salad was beautifully plated. (more…)

Locanda Barberini, Rome, Italy

 

locanda barberini food to dish

4 Golden Spoons

Finally, we found it!  The best little authentic Italian cafe for lunch in Rome. We literally stumbled upon this cafe on a side street near the Piazza Barberini.  We were actually planning on having lunch at a chi chi rooftop restaurant at the Hotel Boscolo Aleph, but it was mysteriously closed.  Disappointed, we wandered down the street and jumped out of the way of a bus to land in front of Locanda where a warm Italian gentlemen with a nice smile, Giuseppe, was standing and offered us a menu.

lacanda barberini food to dish

The dishes featured seemed very authentic to the area with classic rustic descriptions and the prices were exceptionally reasonable.There were also daily specials on a hand written chalkboard that sounded delightful. We asked Giuseppe for table for two and were promptly seated street side under a canopied seating area with acrylic walls just inches from the rushing traffic. It was a little unnerving when buses whooshed by, but a bit fun as well. (more…)

Brunello Regina Hotel Baglioni, Rome, Italy

baglioni food to dish

2 1/2 Golden Spoons

I had such high expectations for this restaurant, located in Rome’s most luxurious and prestigious hotel.  I was even more excited as we had cocktails in the lounge two nights in a row with spectacular bar snacks prepared by the chef.  However, when we decided to actually have a full dinner at Brunello, the experience was less than disappointing. We were seated in a much too brightly lit dining room at a table with barrel chairs too short to eat at the table properly. We needed pillows on our seat and behind our backs just to be able to sit up.  Bad sign of design.

We almost walked out at this point, yet were so impressed by our server, Sylvia, that we pressed on.  The menu was intriguing.  A long list of specialties including a unique authentic country style selection.  Prices ran from about $25-$35 for starters with entrees in the $30-$50 range.   Definitely on the upper end.

fried prawns food to dish (more…)

Ristorante Pizzeria La Fontana

 ristorante la fontana logo Food To Dish

la fontana ristorante Food To Dish

Rome, Italy

2 1/2 Golden Spoons

As we were walking out of our hotel in Rome one afternoon, I was talking with my husband, Robert, about craving Classic Italian pizza for lunch.  A man just in front of our hotel quickly interrupted our conversation saying he worked for a restaurant just around the corner which was known for its pizza and he asked us to follow him.  I’m usually very dubious about these things so I don’t know why I threw caution to the wind and decided to accept his invitation.  It’s probably because Robert is 6 foot 3 and works out five days a week. I think someone unscrupulous would choose less intimidating prey.pizza in italy, Food to Dish (more…)

El Terrat del Do, Barcelona

El Terrat del Do Food to Dish
el terrat del do food to dish
5 golden spoons
What a spectacular find.  Just off Las Ramblas on a charming little placka, this gem of a restaurant has some of the most spectacular tapas on the planet. Every dish was sensational in presentation and palette. We started with the Padron peppers. Perfectly pan seared in olive oil and sea salt, this simply made dish was pure perfection and each bit a surprise due to the unpredictable heat of each tiny pepper.
Pardon peppers Food To Dish

(more…)

Food To Dish © 2014
%d bloggers like this: