Il Primo | More than just good noodles.
I am not new to dining at Il Primo. It is likely my favorite spot for a date, and is a great place to grab a meal and a cheap bottle of wine with your girlfriends when you need to escape the everyday hustle of life on a Wednesday night. The food is Italian, but so much more than the bowl filled with noodles that image may bring to mind. In fact, though everything on the menu containing noodles is magical, I rarely order a pasta dish when I visit.
Primo has all the things I look for in a restaurant. I have trouble avoiding atmosphere, and it doesn’t lack here. I love how posh and urban I feel when sitting under the steel trusses sipping my wine that came from a bottle nestled in an ice bucket at the end of our table. I love the rustic wooden tables, and natural lighting that creeps in to the room from over the patio nestled in vines. Eating here just makes me feel good - and then there is the food on my plate to consider.
The first time that I ate at Primo, it was still very new. My girlfriends and I have always liked to try to visit all the new local spots in town - even before I was blogging about food. We sat at a small table near the wall, and ordered a bottle of red wine. It was a perfect fall evening, and the garage doors that make up the far wall were pull open to let the night air in. The light in the room was dancing, and my first bite of food gave me the feeling that only the first bite of something truly delicious can - almost warm and fuzzy. I knew I would be back.
Back I have been. Mr. K and I celebrated sticking together for 6 months at Primo over a bottle of bubbles and the brussels with pancetta that taught me brussels sprouts are actually good. I have clinked glasses and discussed life decisions with my gal pals over pork scallopini and passed bread. Everyone always leaves full and happy. In addition, I always leave feeling warm and very satisfied with my life.
Recently, I met the girls for dinner at Primo. We were all famished, and ready to eat. So eat we did. Two bottles of white later, and two dishes of bread with olive oil gone, we had tagliatelle and ricotta cavatelli and rigatoni all’arrabbiata & sausage until we were full - and of course, there was pork scallopini (my favorite dish).
What exactly did we eat? Tagliatelle with gulf shrimp, littleneck clams, tomato and basil. Ricotta Cavatelli with summer squash, tomato and basil pesto. Rigatoni all’arrabbiata & sausage. Pork scallopini with capers and butter (yes, butter is listed on the menu), and broccoli roasted with garlic and parmesan.
I know, you’re in your car driving over to Il Primo now. Always remember, Wednesday is Wine Night and Happy Hour is Monday thru Friday from 4 to 6. I’ll probably see you there.
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