Le Castagne

dessert - dinner - restaurant - travel

After Bubs’ Beach Memorial, I went back to my hotel, got a little work done, then met everyone for dinner

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First to arrive at our lovely table!

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Le Castagne” means “Chestnut” in Italian

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Mostly because it’s ON Chestnut Street (there are also a few castagnes on the menu).

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I was pretty full from lunch, but still enjoyed every bite that went into my mouth.

Starting with a HOT (not just warm!) doughy PERFECT roll dipped in sun-dried tomato pesto

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Antipasti for the table

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A taste of each – prosciutto, tomato, artichoke, roasted red pepper, olives, mozzarella, eggplant, and lentils

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For my main entree I ordered the beet salad – it came with candied walnuts which tasted like bits of rock sugar!

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Everyone was kind enough to share tastes of their dishes with me as well:

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Gnocchi, Strip Steak, Pork Shoulder, Braised Lamb, and Pappardelle alla Bolognese

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Everything was exquisite; my favorite dish was the Chestnut Mashed Potatoes (which we ordered for the table but I wound up eating most of)

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A combo of sweet and regular potatoes mixed with chestnuts – and a secret ingredient that I NEED to figure out so I can recreate this at home. Surprisingly it was not sugar/honey/syrup – so sweet! Almost like dessert.

Speaking of which…

Dried Fig and Hazelnut Cake with Vanilla Gelato

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Chocolate and Cherry Bread Pudding

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Attacked by 6 forks

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We waddled back to Abe’s parents’ place afterwards to cap off a perfect evening with our favorite activities

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(I won!)

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  • http://veggiegirlvegan.blogspot.com VeggieGirl

    Oooh lovely presentation of the food! I’m partial to the desserts though ;)

    Love Scattergories!

  • http://thecreamfilling.wordpress.com TheCreamFilling

    Chestnut mashed potatoes sound divine! Please recreate and post so that I can make some too :P

  • http://thenondairyqueen.blogspot.com/ Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen)

    I want that gelato!

  • http://biz319.wordpress.com biz319

    What a delicious looking dinner out! I’ve never even heard of chestnut mashed potatoes – check out this link though!

    http://www.chefsbest.org/chestnut-mashed-potatoes-recipe-5466.htm

    Enjoy your Sunday!

    • http://theactorsdiet.wordpress.com actorsdiet

      thank you for the recipe!

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy

    Love a good puppy cuddle! I would love to try those mash potatoes. I’ve not had anything close to that. Curious. Very curious.

  • http://cookingwithkate.wordpress.com katecooks

    Looks like a great dinner…so sweet that everyone shared :) I wish I had some chocolate cherry bread pudding right now! And I’m such a potato fiend….chestnut mashed sound awesome!

  • http://kaitlinwithhoney.wordpress.com kaitlinwithhoney

    Chestnut. Mashed. Potatoes? Sign me UP!

  • http://collegaleats.blogspot.com Ada

    Holy yum, that looks like one amazing feast! Chestnut mashed potaotes? Genius! Scattegories is the best game, by the way;)

    In regards to your comment, One Lucky Duck is really delicious, but I’m not sure if the space is ideal for a meeting. There are only three tables and it’s pretty cramped and noisy. The food definitely makes it worth it though!

  • http://seekingrecoveryandbliss.wordpress.com seekingrecoveryandbliss

    Chestnut mashed potatoes? Sounds amazing! :)

  • http://savoryandsavage.blogspot.com Emily @ Savory and Savage

    Chestnut mashed potatoes? Is this another word for ambrosia??

    Two of my favorite foods combined into one dish? I would have been fighting everyone off in order to keep all of the mashed potatoes for myself :-)

  • http://www.VeganByValerie.com MarathonVal

    Abe + Julius together are just adorable!

  • http://damnthefreshman15.wordpress.com Mimi

    Chestnut mashed potatoes sounds divine. Watch the secret ingredient be some raw vegan superfood like mesquite or yacon that the chef thinks he’s oh so clever for slipping in.

  • kimmiyori

    Our condolences to you and Abe. How is it that seeing what you’ve eaten and been up to can be so fascinating?
    Doug checks in regularly to get inspiration for what to eat. He made your Irish Oats and berries with almond butter the other day and agreed that it did keep him going all morning.