A Labarynth of Garden Alcoves with Fabulous Food
After touring through here on our tour, Lauren was exuberant! We have to eat lunch here! Of course we do. It was definitely calling our name. Charlie Chaplin purchased it for his personal maid and she ran it for 50 years, but it is currently under new ownership. Who cares? With that kind of history, and the charm we just experienced as we traipsed through it at the end of our tour, let’s stop!
The entryway beackoned,Â though the huge bucket of lavendar also begged a stop just to enjoy the moment at the door. Inside, we sat directly in front of this little fountain. There were many, many, many little open garden spaces within this restaurant compound. We were pleased with out little spot.
Lauren had already noticed the bread sticks, tepanades, and salts waiting at the table for the guests. We were all engaged in the variety of textures and tastes immediately upon sitting. The dip on the cracker was a sundried tomato pesto with extra olive oil. So simple.
What will we have> Hmmm… Well, we must have the grilled artichoke. They are growing everywhere in this countryside and we were told to sample the fried baby ones. None on this menu, but we will get the grilled one. It was so fresh and fabulous that it renewed my love for this prickely plants!
The dip was citrusy and fatty just as it should be. Finger licking good. YUMMERS.
Then the mains. Vanja ordered pasta and it tasted even better than it looks!Â Believe it!
Lauren got a roasted vegetable sandwhich with goat cheese and bacon. What a winning combo! The bread alone was to die for.
And I got the leek and potato soup. It was served in a rustic old pot, and I got at least two big bowl fulls! Too much, but fun to share. Take a look at the background behind Lauren. The festive garden lights twinkled everywhere in primary colours, and it white, depending upon the garden corner they were in.
Off to the next stop. This was too much fun!
After asking a local shop owner for restaurant recommendations, the name Casanova came up. We were told that this was THE PLACE TO GO and decided to give it a go. After arriving at this charming, quaint discovery, we were seated and provided with the menus. You should have seen the look on our faces when we peered at the prices!! After resigning ourselves to the fact that this was an experience not to be missed, we settled on the carbonara pasta, chicken pot pie and rabbit. Incredible fare! Val, they even brought the pasta in a hot skillet with a cracked egg (just yoke) that was stirred in on the scene. The residual heat cooked the egg and the final product was served piping hot on the plate! Too cool:)
We thought the prices were reasonable – very reasonable… do you mean the same, or were yours high? I love the egg idea… and that my soup came in a little pot and was enough for so many. We were there only for lunch that day. Sounds like you were there for dinner? YUM!!!! DId you take any photos?
we had a great time at Casanova. I had Chicken Pot Pie, i loved every bite of the food. Spinach Gnocchi was heavenly. melts in your mouth. One thing I wouldn’t order is the Asparagus soup. It was bland.