Friday, October 9, 2009

Tiramisu Love

at The Inn at Spanish Bay
2700 17-Mile Drive
Pebble Beach, CA 93953

On our last night in Pebble Beach, my mom and I drove along the beautiful 17-mile drive at sunset and arrived at The Inn at Spanish Bay for dinner. We had to choose between dinner at Roy's--which served Hawaiian fusion cuisine--or at Peppoli--a rustic italian restaurant named after a vineyard in Naples. The choice was easy.

Unfortunately, the lighting in the restaurant was really dark so my pictures did not turn out very well. Fortunately, the food was amazing and the ambiance in the restaurant only added to the experience. My mom and I both had wonderful glasses of the house Chianti to start off with.

Vongole e Cozze alla Calabrese
Mussels and clams steamed in a spicy shallot-saffron broth
Our appetizer of mussels and clams left us speechless. The spicy broth was so complex and savory that we soaked it all up with some bread.

Rigatoni di Aragosta
Australian lobster tail, zucchini in a rich lobster sauce
Tomato coulis, fried fresh mozzarella
Our pasta dishes of rigatoni with lobster and gnocci with tomatoes weren't exceptionally different but were definitely perfectly executed.

Our final dish of assorted meats from the grill was SENSATIONAL. The dish included grilled flank steak, a rack of lamb, and house-made italian sausage. I had the most amazingly perfect grilled piece of flank steak that night. It was life-changing. Sadly, the picture that I took did not do it justice.

Finally, it was time for dessert. Not being a lover of tiramisu, I was hesitant when my mom insisted on getting that for dessert. However, it was probably the best dessert I have ever had. The tiramisu was prepared table side and served in martini glasses. Layers of airy whipped marscapone and aromatic espresso-soaked ladyfingers produced heaven in a martini glass.

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