Italian Seafood Dinner in Carmel
Nelson @ some Italian restaurant in Carmel: It was getting late, so we decided to stop in the tourist town of Carmel for dinner. This was a nicely decorated restaurant, but unfortunately I don't remember the name of it, because I didn't take a picture of the front sign.
While we were driving on the highway, we passed by an area that proclaimed to be the artichoke capital of the world. So we had to get the grilled artichoke appetizer. I've always had this baked or steamed, but grilling it didn't make much of a difference. It was just burnt more if anything. The "meat" of the artichoke is still puny and hard to get at. But I still enjoyed it, especially with the dipping sauce provided.
Kitty had the Frutti di Mare, consisting of Mussels, clams, prawns, scallops with olive oil, garlic, parsley in white wine sauce. I liked it better than my dish.
I had the La Mafiosa, which had calamri, prawns, scallops in spicy tomato sauce. It wasn't spicy at all, and actually tasted pretty regular. The calamari and scallops tasted a bit liked they were frozen, but it doesn't make sense because we were right on the ocean. I don't know if they were or not. And honestly, I picked this dish because of the cool name.
Teresa got the dish I should have ordered. I only didn't order it because she had already decided to get it. She had the daily special of grilled swordfish, topped with piccata sauce (cappers, lemon juice, butter and white wine) served with Fusilli pasta on garlic oil olive sauce and vegetables. It looked great, and the little taste I got was good too. I've never seen so many capers on one dish, and you really have to like capers to like this dish. Maybe because they were cooked, but the capers weren't extremely salty and eating that many was bearable. Plus I was jealous she got vegetables and I didn't. I should have just been boring and ordered it too.
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