We restaurant critics are a redundant breed. What I would give for those expensive wine lists and entrees I have panned.
A friend of mine recommended an acceptable substitute. It’s a food delivery company called Pasta Evangelist. They change the menu every week, you order fresh pasta and sauces which are home delivered.
My first consignment arrived yesterday and I was impressed. I ordered 3 dishes: carbonara of dreams; crab and prawn ravioli with fresh samphire and sage butter; and troifie with walnut pesto.
I ate the carbonara last night and put the other two in the deep freeze.
The cooking instructions were simple with sauce and ingredients colour-coded.
The sauce was traditional egg yolk and cream and blended in with the saltier pancetta.
Bucatini is a fatter pasta than spaghetti. The helping was generous and I drank with it Californian Pinot Noir.
The dishes are around £8.50 each more expensive than a supermarket ready-to-eat but infinitely better and cheaper than most trattoria.
The best carbonara is at Sartoria but that is double the price.
Sadly in theses isolationist days the only dreamy expectant eyes that met mine over the candlelight was husband Ollie!!! Needs must !!!