Welcome back, my friends! As promised, today’s Half Moon Bay – Part 3 post spotlights a wonderful Italian dinner that Maria and I enjoyed, just two blocks from our hotel in Princeton-by-the-Sea.
I’d done some restaurant research before our trip, and found out that one of our top choices, Mezza Luna, offered a Tuesday speciale for just $11.95.
When I found out that not only would we be in Half Moon Bay on a Tuesday, but the featured dish that night would be a luscious-sounding tubular pasta with lamb ragu, we made reservations on the spot. Mmmm!
Maria and I started off by sharing a huge mound of fried local calamari – tender, sweet, and just crunchy enough in their fluffy batter.
A few squeezes of lemon, plus a glass of simple Pinot Grigio, kept us going back for more until we reached the bottom of the pile.
Our simpatico waiter showered it with at least a quarter-cup of freshly grated, high-quality parmigiano, and I dug right in.
Maria ordered (and loved!) the scallops with lemon, butter, and white wine; a rich yet light preparation, as well as a gorgeous presentation with mixed seasonal vegetables.
So I boldly asked our waiter if I could order another half-portion (at half the special price).
He checked with the chef, who okayed it; and while Maria looked over the dessert menu, I tucked in to a second helping of the delectable lamb ragu.
By the way, if you’ve ever made (or eaten) a Bolognese sauce for pasta, you would notice some strong similarities.
Since Maria had taken a little break while I was enjoying my “seconds” on pasta, we started on our desserts together.
We’d both ordered the affogato, which means “drowned” in Italian. It’s simply a scoop of vanilla ice cream with espresso poured over, plus a thick cloud of whipped cream on top.
Before we leave Half Moon Bay, there’s one more dinner I’d like to share with you, plus an impromptu winery visit.
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