We had a late lunch today at Cafe Mediterraneo Bistro Bar and Grill in Alpine CA.
I don't know where to begin. The food, the service, the day was just perfect.
We arrived about 3:30, it was nice enough to sit outside.
I wanted a glass of wine with lunch. The waitress recommended a Sterling Chardonnay, I wasn't game for this because I don't care for chardonnays. She offered to bring me a sample, I've never been offered a sample of a wine before, how great is this. I liked it and had a couple of glasses with my lunch.
This is the sample
We started with a couple of simple Cesar salads that were served with focaccia bread and herb butter. The salads were lightly dressed, no pools of dressing left on the plates, perfect
Stan had the rigatoni with shredded pork in a sweet pepper ragu and shaved Parmesan cheese. It had a little kick to it, very, very good. Stan's comment on his first bite was, mmm al dente. It had just the right bite to the pasta, good job.
I had a Brick Oven Pie aka pizza, of heart of artichoke & fresh asparagus, pesto and fresh buffalo mozzarella
close up of the top of the pie
O.K. so I'm obsessed with the pie. I want to tell you, very few things almost bring tears of joy to my eyes when I bite into them, this dang near did. The crust was thin, thin, thin and crispy. The asparagus is fresh cut onto the pizza per order as well as the fresh cheese. Just perfect and the first of many.
We had Florentine for dessert. It is an almond shell filled with Starbucks coffee flavored ice cream and whipped cream, topped with a strawberry and drizzled with chocolate syrup and powdered sugar
I loved the slivered almonds on the shell
We all but licked the plate clean. I would have if I could have figured out a way to do it without getting chocolate and sugar on the tip of my nose.
I had a cup of coffee with this that was just O.K.
Cafe Mediterraneo Bistro Bar and Grill
1347 Tavern Rd Ste 34
Alpine Ca 91901