Last night after completing a round of golf, an impromptu dinner at Verona18 with friends and a nice selection of wines. Started off the evening with a few appetizers that went so quickly I couldn’t get a picture until they were almost gone! First was a skewers of tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil, drizzled with a balsamic glaze. These were so delicious and consumed so quickly, unfortunately no picture.
The second appetizer was fried calamari, consisting of tubes and tenecales, shrimp fennel lemon aioli. This was taken with only half the calamari left on the plate!
The final appetizer was garlic shrimp with silvered garlic and crushed red peppers. The bowl was filled to the top when first served with about fifteen shrimp.
Went with something I had not tried before at the restaurant. It was one of their specialty dishes, Spaghetti Bolognese with their classic meat sauce. The serving was tasty, served almost too hot (which was a good thing) as it stayed warm during the meal. Additionally portion was so large, I ended up taking over half it back to the house for lunch today.
We had a few very nice wines including a 2019 Wente Cabernet Sauvignon, Wetmore Vineyards, a 2021 Wood Family Vineyards Chardonnay, a 2018 Tobin James “Rock-n-Roll” Syrah and a 2015 deLorimier Winery Cabernet Sauvignon. So wines from Paso Robles, Livermore Valley and Alexander Valley.
A great meal, good wines and provocative conversations. A very nice Wednesday evening.