Fresh from the Earth

There is nothing like a dark rainy day (and lately we’ve had plenty of them) to spark a yearning for roasted earthy veggies and stuffed chicken.

Here is our dinner purposed to bring some warmth and color back to our table: garlic butter shrimp, caramelized onions and a blend of mozzarella and cheddar cheese stuffed into chicken breast. As our side: sliced brussel sprouts, radishes and cecil red potatoes basted in olive oil infused with three crushed cloves of garlic then sprinkled with ginger powder, Sicily sea salt, and brown sugar before oven-roasting for 45 minutes and devouring on the spot.

il Mercato

Italian for “the market”, il Mercato hit the spot for our Saturday mid-day pasta affair. We started with an appetizer of sautéed escargot presented on prosciutto wrapped polenta and smothered in a garlic, herb, cognac and cream sauce with grape tomatoes and carmelized onions. The flavors were incredible and there was an abundance of sauce – a basket of olive oil basted bread served to absorb every last drop.

My main course was tagliolini pasta tossed in a savory garlic cream sauce and infused with shredded pecorino cheese. Sautéed smoked prosciutto in tiny bite size slices and firm portabello mushrooms sliced and gently seared finished off the dish. A sprinkle of cheese, a fresh field greens garnish, an ample supply of fresh cracked pepper and I was in (Italian) heaven!

The main course came in at $15.00, with the appetizer at $11.00. View their website here or check out their menu here.