los angeles, California
March 7, 2003
I'm so boring that, in addition to always going to the same two bookstores on every trip, I have to eat at the same restaurant afterwards and always (always) have the same stupid meal.
Maybe I've got a touch of obssesive/compulsive disorder? Unimaginative?
Anyway - Pasta Pomodoro is a chain of really good Italian restaurants that covers northern California quite thoroughly, though I've only ever been to the location on Irving.
Here's my standard meal: the piccolo sized spinach salad with loads of pancetta, grilled red onions, tomatoes, and thick shaves of ricotta salata. It's too good for words and something I'll never make at home. Following the salad I either have the polenta appetizer (polenta cakes stuffed with cheese and spinach, topped with more cheese and broiled in browned butter with crispy sage leaves) or if I'm feeling like more green, I have the grilled asparagus topped with romano cheese - accompanied by a fat tumbler of red wine.
I go in the restaurant each time with hopes that I'll order something different, but I'm completely incapable.
From journal Alameda Island (a quiet spot on San Francisco Bay)