Happy Monday friends!
We had a crazy busy and long weekend on our end. Jeff graduated with his master’s degree from Cal Poly, and I walked for the credential program that I finished up in December–woohoo! It was such a fun weekend filled with family, abundant sunshine, and what seemed like endless amounts of eating + drinking. Today’s definitely a recovery/cleaning day and then we’re off to Sacramento and San Francisco tomorrow for the rest of the week–no rest for the wicked!
On Thursday night, we were lucky enough to have a nice, mellow dinner with just Jeff’s grandparents before the rest of the family arrived the following day. We often go to Novo when they’re in town, but I was really in the mood for some Italian food so we decided to go to Buona Tavola. I’d been to the restaurant once before a long time ago, and have been meaning to go back for years. Since time is quickly running out, it seemed like the perfect opportunity for a second visit.
The restaurant is located on Monterey St. in downtown San Luis Obispo. They have a teeny tiny indoor seating area that opens up to a gorgeous inclosed outdoor seating area. They have powerful heaters, so it didn’t even really feel like we were outside!
The menu selections were quite diverse and expansive, though reading the title itself didn’t really give an idea of the dish since it was all in Italian!
Jeff and I ended up splitting the Insalata di Parma to begin with: a salad of fresh arugula, red apple, crushed walnut, diced roma tomato tossed with homemade balsamic dressing, petals of parmesan cheese served over imported prosciutto di Parma.
The four of us also ordered the following entrees:
Spaghettini aglio olio e peperoncino spaghettini pasta with roasted garlic, crushed red peppers, Italian parsley and extra virgin olive oil
Orecchiette del campo
hat shaped pasta served with grilled home made Italian chicken sausages, rapine broccoli, sun dried tomatoes, garlic and a splash of tomato basil sauce
Gnocchi di zucca al pesto
home made potato and pumpkin dumplings in a light creamy pesto sauce
Tortiglioni del buon gustaio
wide ridged pasta tubes with braised eggplant, roasted garlic, diced roma tomatoes and a splash of organic tomato sauce topped with dry ricotta cheese
I don’t think any of us could have been any happier with our selections–the food was amazing. Fresh ingredients, homemade pastas and sausage, and classic Italian flavor combinations.The service was also impeccable and prices were surprisingly decent (~$15/pasta) for the quality of the food.
I highly recommend checking out Buona Tavola if you have a chance–you can find more information about them on their restaurant here!