Monday 4 June
Our new Classics colleague Duncan had come to town to look for an apartment, so a big group of us went out to a new local place, Enoteca Emilia, that is open on Monday nights. It's a nice space, with a few tables outside, and an upstairs dining area that's quieter - I imagine it gets pretty noisy when the bar fills up.
We started with assorted platters of cheeses (with good honey and quince jam) and locally-produced salumi. The rosemary grissini were nice and fresh, though the figs stuffed with salami and wrapped in bacon were drenched in red sauce that was all you could taste.
Our wines were pretty good (whites were Donnafugata Anthilia '10 and Taburno Falanghina 10, plus a red Marchese Montefusco Nero d’Avola ’09).
For appetizers, we split a squid and shrimp fennel salad with grilled lemon vinaigrette, and meaty elk terrine with apple-butter mostarda, arugula & granny smith apple.
The mains are all pizza or pasta, and as Barbara didn't want to risk Cincinnati pizza after Rome, we had pasta: cavatelli with rabbit ragù, cavolo nero, and bread crumbs; and over-salty lasagne with merguez ragù, spring peas (I guess - you couldn't taste them in that heavy sauce), pecorino, ricotta salata & (again unnoticeable) mint gremolata.
Though nothing to write home about, Enoteca Emilia has decent salumi and a good space to share with a nice crowd.