The last week or so hasn't felt much like summer. Just about every afternoon about 3 pm or so, the sky has turned from a sunny bright blue to a menacing dark grey accompanied with a quick thunderstorm.
A taste of autumn in the summer.
Like this first course dish that I had for lunch on Jose' Restaurant's patio. Looking over Chef Domenico Iavarone's summer menu I found a first course that grabbed my attention. The chef's signature dish of pasta mista with flying squid, potatoes, and a green olive/parsley pesto sauce.
When I think of pasta and potatoes, my thoughts instantly go towards the cooler months. For me it has become a comfort food that I usually prepare at home on the weekends for my son and I. My version is no where near the gourmet version of Iavarone's so I decided to order it as part of the liberta' tasting menu.
The dish arrived to my table around 2:45 pm. Just as the clouds in the distance were turning grey, just as a few rolls of thunder were picking up.
The dish arrived - a simple plain white ceramic bowl to not distract from the fantastic colors on display. Fork to the left, spoon to the right. That silver spoon was my utensil of choice. A perfect choice to ensure that I could scoop up pasta along with soft warm cubes of white and purple potatoes and flavorful flying squid without leaving any of the super sauce behind.
A few minutes later, I'd finished. A few minutes after that, the clouds came closer and I decided to move inside before the afternoon shower - a quick light rain actually. A touch of autumn...in the summer.