Hope you all had a great weekend! It just seemed to fly by all too quickly.
Saturday night B and I went out to eat at St. Cecila restaurant in Buckhead to celebrate (early) a year since we first met. I can’t believe a year has already gone by! B and I met one year ago (this coming week) at a work show in Boston. It’s funny how some things just work out. Not only do we work for similar companies but he lives in the Atlanta area as well and our families, as well as co-workers, all know each other. It’s a crazy story but it’s one of my favorites to tell. I’ve been blessed to share so many adventures with him over the past year and am looking forward to many more!
We read in the July issue of Jezebel’s magazine that St. Cecila’s was rated the second best restaurant in the Atlanta area so we knew we had to add it to the list to try!
St. Cecila’s is a modern Italian restaurant that has a menu style similar to that of restaurants in Italy. You start with your “Antipasti” or appetizer dish then move to your “Primi” or pasta dish then your meat/poulty/seafood dish “Secondi.”
To kick off the dinner I started with the Barber of Seville cocktail that was made with Purity Vodka, muddled strawberries, Villa Sandi Prosseco and mint. It was so light and refreshing! A great way to kick off the evening.
For the bread, they served fresh a fresh homemade focaccia roll with a whipped EVOO ricotta side. The waiter was so friendly and asked if we were celebrating so we mentioned we were celebrating our “first meet” and he surprised us with complimentary glasses of champagne! So thoughtful!
We decided to start with a dish from their raw menu; the Cobia was served with homemade salt and vinegar chips, smoked trout roe and horseradish. This was a nice and light dish yet flavorful enough to open up our palates.
For the appetizers we ordered the Chard Octopus (which the article in Jezebel said Conan O’Brien raved about) and the Grilled Halibut Cheeks (a brand new item on their menu). The Chard Octopus was served over a bed of Italian bean salad and the Halibut Cheeks were lightly seared and served with fresh sauteed mushrooms. Both dishes were phenomenal but B and I agreed we loved the Halibut Cheeks the most.
For our Primi course we ordered the corn ravioli that was polenta ravioli stuffed with mascarpone cheese and served with fresh lobster on top. Oh my gosh I must recreate this soon! As well as the Agnolotti that was basically small raviolis stuffed with red wine braised beef short rib and Parmigiano. The Agnolotti won our vote for the pasta course. The short rib was so moist and flavorful!
For our entree we decided to split the scallops. They served the scallops plated on separate plates for so we each got two scallops. They were Georges Banks Sea Scallops with corn puree, tomatoes and herb croutons. We also did a side of the crispy punched potatoes served with fresh pecorino and homemade aioli.
And leave it to me to be so excited about the Dark Chocolate Mousse dessert that I forgot to take a picture.
Overall, B and I had a wonderful time at St. Cecila and we highly recommend it to anyone looking for a nice dinner out!
Have a great Monday!