“There is nothing more romantic then Italian food”
Italian food is all about ingredients and it’s not fussy and it’s not fancy. Well, I thinks otherwise. In the middle of little Italy, you’ll find this romantic restaurant Trattoria Pinocchio. We are warmly welcomed by the beautiful daughter of Chef Giovanni Zocca, named Sophia Zocca. She told us about the origins of Trattoria Pinocchio, which was set up by her parents, who were born and raised in Sicily.
With a camera you come somewhere, also in the old fashioned kitchen of Tratorria Pinocchio where we were nicely welcomed by the chefs. The delicious smells that met us made us mouth watering. It was the pure smell of the fresh Italian ingredients. While the chefs prepared our anti pasti, they were busy in consultation as the Italians do. For a moment I thought of the Sicilian coast, along with a red wine in my left hand and bread in the right hand. This evening can not be broken anymore.
What do you do when you can’t decide from all those delicious dishes on the menu? Exactly, you choose all, That’s where we choose the Antipasti Sapore Italione, or as they say it: “Picnic on a Plate”. They have not lied a word about that. It was a plate, full of surprises. Think salami, prosciutto, mortadella, gorgonzola, parmigiano sundried tomatoes, grilled bell peppers, Sicilian garlic olives, bruschetta & caprese samples. Amazing and beautiful at the same time!
Pasta la vista
I have to admit that I am a big fan of pasta, and especially pasta carbonara. A classic dish with pancetta, egg & parmesan in a cream sauce. For a moment I was distracted by the many choices in vegetarian pastas. Here is a small selection from the vegetarian assortment. Penne Arrabbiata, Rigatoni Giovanni, Risotto Porcini and one of my favorites: the Eggplant Parmigiana. Less pasta fan, more fish/meet/chicken fan? Or didn’t had a good pizza in a while? There are so many choices that I know for sure that everyone can eat their heart out. Promised.
When life gives you lemons.. We make Limoncello! Best way to end a special night like this. And last but definitely not least: their housemade tiramisu was amazing! It’s a romantic dish to share with your partner, so that is what we did.