I feel truly lucky to have friends that don’t have kids that actually invite us (ALL of us) out to lunch with them. And that these friends are foodies!
Not only do they prepare 7 course gourmet meals for us when we go over to their house for dinner, but they keep their fingers on the pulse of culinary excellence in and around town keeping us up to date on what’s going on and where we should be eating.
Osteria Il Grano di Pepe
Such was the case a while back when they asked us if we wanted to have lunch with them at this relatively unknown gourmet restaurant in Ravarino, just outside of Modena, Il Grano di Pepe by Chef Rino Duca.
The chef is Sicilian and creates Sicilian inspired fusion dishes that are so beautifully prepared that long before you can taste them you devour them with your eyes.
Fine Dining With a Toddler
We’ve always been “schedule” type of people, not that we had a choice. My little guy gets hungry, tired and excited at the same times each day. The one positive thing about this, is that we can usually plan around his naps. He ate his lunch, fell asleep in the car on the way to the restaurant and slept for a solid two hours, just enough for us to enjoy our very gourmet lunch, good conversation and fantastic wine.
What We Ate
We each ordered the tasting menu for 38 euro, but substituted the cous cous with the Verrigni spaghetti in a sea urchin sauce. We drank a bottle of Stralusto di Cerosa (2008) from the Guccione Winery, a completely biodynamic Cellar from Sicily and finished off the meal with yummy desserts.
Squid tagliatelle with tomato panzanella and pistachios
Octopus with seaweed pesto and herbed potato cream
Pumpkin, red mullet and verbena granita
Deep-fried Sicilian red shrimps with fig chutney
Verrigni spaghetti in a sea urchin sauce with Pianogrillo organic olive oil
What I Wore
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