On the way home from work today, Boyfriend and I decided to go wine tasting. We had been meaning to go to Canon De Sol ever since I had purchased a LivingSocial deal for a cheese plate and tasting for two. Although we had the best of intentions, time got away from us and the deal expired. Last October. Still, the fine details of the offer said that the cash value didn’t expire, so we decided to try out the winery. Note, they no longer offer a cheese platter.
We tried the 2010 Viognier, the 2008 100% Merlot, a 2009 Red Table wine with Syrah, Merlot, and Cabernet Franc, a 2008 Syrah, and a 2008 Meritage that was a blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Malbec, Cabernet Franc, and Merlot. Out of all of the wines, I liked the Syrah the best and bought a bottle to bring home.
After all that red wine, I was in the mood for Italian food so we turned our simple Friday night into a Date Night when we decided to stop at Pasta Nova on the way home. Pasta Nova is located in a standard strip mall and I was surprised by how cute the restaurant is, when I first tried it, about a year ago.
The dining room is small but elegantly appointed. The décor is comfortable and quiet. There aren’t a lot of tables so while the restaurant feels cozy, it doesn’t get really loud. The menu is large with a number of vegetarian, chicken, meat, and seafood entrees in addition to the appetizers, soups, and salads.
For an appetizer, we decided to try the calamari (Sautéed calamari with a touch of pesto, artichoke hearts, red crushed pepper and lemon served over marinara sauce). For my entrée, I ordered the Classic Di Carbonara which is bacon in a cream reduction sauce, tossed with linguine pasta, parmesan cheese and finished with egg yolks. Boyfriend ordered one of the specials; veal and prawn scampi with capers. For dessert, we ordered a decadent chocolate hazelnut cake and some spumoni ice cream. Wow- what a meal. Our server Laura was excellent. She was both entertaining and engaging, was knowledgeable about the menu, gave us menu recommendations when asked, and was unobtrusively attentive. While we were the only patrons when we walked in, by the time we left, people without reservations were waiting to be seated. This restaurant is a gem; the menu borders on fine dining without the pretentiousness of many Italian restaurants, the food is fresh, and the restaurant’s ambiance is romantic. We got lucky this time but in future, we’ll be sure to make a reservation!