Happy Saturday my loves!
How are you spending your weekend?
Today I was in a house revamping mood, so I took all the paintings/prints off the walls and I started rearranging them, under the wondering stare of my darlings 🙂
As you may have noticed I have never reviewed any restaurants so far: that’s because – as weird as it may sound – I don’t like that much to have lunch/dinner out. In fact, I’m very picky about food and – especially since becoming a mom – I’m very careful about the quality of the ingredients employed. As a result, except for a few local pizza parlours I visit from time to time, I generally cook my meals at home (or have my hubby cook them for me ehehe). I know I may sound snobbish, but I honestly prefer a simple salad made with healthy ingredients over a savoury fancy dish going straight from the freezer to the microwave as soon as you place your order.
However, during Christmas holidays – after a cooking marathon for several guests – I felt I deserved a good dinner out. Recalling I had seen a cute place along the road, 20 miles from where I live, I decided to give it a try . Well, I officially award it the first, second and third place in my ranking of favourite restaurants.
“Il Villino d’Erica” (Erica’s cottage) is a cozy, welcoming place decorated in French country style. The owner Erica, who to my regret will never read this review because she has an idiosyncrasy for IT – is a young perky lady who will give you a warm welcome and help you choose through the day’s menu. The day’s menu is my first choice when eating out, because it means food has been freshly made. Bread is home-baked with a different mix of cereal flours every day. Organic ingredients of certified origin are privileged, and vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free dishes are featured as a routine on the day’s menu. If you haven’t figured it out yet, I’m head over heels about this place, and I’m looking forward to go there again and try their “high-quality” pizza.
Here are some pics I took.
|Veggie plate: spinach quiche, veggie fries, broccoli souffle, roasted pumpkin, leek pie, French goat cheese, green salad with carrots, pomegranate and fennel seeds, zafferano flavoured mayonnaise|
Tiramisu made with barley coffe
|Erica and Silvia|
|A little bio-shop corner|