Tuesday, August 28, 2007

a pretty dress a pretty face: Giovanni's Restaurant

Tuna Tower: *bless my soul* diced sushi grade tuna layered with lump crab and surrounded with fresh avocado. Alongside wasabi aioli & dressed with Atlantic caviar.


Insalata Alla Sicilian: *disguised to cross the asian border* big bites of roasted eggplant, red peppers, fresh mozzarella; lovingly blanketed with arugula & our dear friend prosciutto.


Capesante Veneziana ;- wake me up when we get there: Pan roasted scallops & orecchiette pasta tossed with cherry tomato, black olives and capers with fresh basil.


Chocolate Creme Brulee - a reflection of my past


Limoncello speak easy: now why did clooney & devito just kept going.....?


Living in both San Francisco and Cleveland gave me a deep appreciation for Italian food.

I moaned and complained about the eight months outta the year of black skies, snow, sleet, ice(is that the same as sleet?) and absolutely no sight of an ocean those bleak years in northeast Ohio.

I ate a lot too.

Cleveland's Little Italy was our safe box for date night and now I wonder why I didn't appreciate the brisk walks on Mayfield Road to Guarino's as the lake effects wind would slather my neck on those endearing January nights.

*btw* the historic Tremont district in Cleveland was another FAV enclave where suburbanites dared to go.

But here I was in the middle of the Midwest (not really the middle) but dying formidably for culture and my 'city' fix so with pioneering efforts I discovered refreshing hubs of areas like the historic Tremont district, Coventry, Little Italy and also the Warehouse District in Cleveland just baring their sole in art studios and offbeat fixings.

Which reminds of my first confrontation with limoncello.

My in-laws brought us a bottle back from their trip to Sicily and said, "THEY SAID to keep it in the freezer - keep it in the freezer".

So I kept it in the freezer.

One night after the house finally closed down; I decided to see what it was about.

It very well reminded me of sucking on fresh lemons (flesh & rind altogether)with sugar drenched atop when I was a kid.

Alas, with a shotgun stance: this had a strong aftermath that plunged through your throat and nostrils all at the same time.

Was that the sicilian kiss?

Giovanni's Restaurant
1161 Beach Blvd.
Jacksonville Beach, Florida
Tel 904.249.7787

www.giovannirestaurant.com

1 comment:

LookingForGoodFoodinJAX said...

Pretty impressive looking food for Jacksonville...