We started off the evening with a nice bottle of Marina Cvetic Montepulciano d'Abruzzo. This rich red wine paired perfectly with all the dishes we feasted on. Along with our wonderful bottle of wine, we received a basket of fresh baked bread with a garlic oil to dip in. The oil had chunks of garlic in it and was perfect!
We quickly ordered an appetizer for the table once we heard the special, housemade burrata with Prosciutto. Gabe had never tried burrata before this moment. Burrata is one of my weaknesses and I order it every time I see it on a menu yet Gabe has never tried it before. He freaked out over it and although he was saving room for our insanely large dinner, he finished off the plate.
Our first entree made it's way out and it was the special of the night - a Pasta Duo with (drum roll please) Lobster Ravioli Alla Vodka. YES! Served along with that was Linguine with Tuna arrabbiata sauce. The Lobster Ravioli was one of my favorite parts of the meal. Flavio's Vodka Sauce was very good and I know my Vodka Sauce. The linguine with a Tuna wasn't my favorite of the evening although the arrabbiata sauce was excellent.
My favorite pasta dish of the night was the Paccheri with a meat sauce and mushroom sauce. This sauce was so rich and meaty. The fresh pasta paired perfectly with it. Also, check out the size of that noodle! It was truly amazing.
Finally, the Zuppa di Pesce - Mussels,clams shrimp and lobster tail in a tomato garlic broth served with bruschetta. Everything from the lobster to the clams was perfect in this dish. The sauce had the perfect amount of flavor, not taking away from the seafood while still giving it that Italian essence. I was super excited to see the Lobster tail in the mix!