We took a "day trip" to Redlands, CA (about 50 minutes away) to try a restaurant I recently heard about, Farm Artisan Foods. It was a wonderful treat!
The restaurant is smart looking with a clean, simple decor, nice bar, white tablecloths, and a single calla lily on each table.
The Farm opened in 2003, and is owned by my friend, Elizabeth's, son-in-law, Roberto Argentina. Roberto was born in Brindisi, Italy, and grew up on his family's farm. After being a theater major during his university days in Texas, he moved to Chicago and trained for his career as a chef with Chef Keith Luce, a former chef at the White House. He moved to southern California and worked with the fabulous Chef Joachim Splichal.
We were welcomed by our waitress, Colleen, with hot, fresh focaccia. The lunch special included choices of an appetizer, an entree, dessert AND a glass of wine, ALL for $25.00!
I began with a beautiful salad with a mustardy dressing, wedge of brie, and lovely presentation of veggie garnishes on the plate.
Brad started with lentil soup that he enjoyed. The lentils were in a light briny broth.
For my entree, Roberto fixed me a dish off their dinner menu: Fettuccini Carbonara with duck confit and home made pancetta. Oh my! VERY delicious! I ate half and will have another delicious meal during the week.
Brad had pork loin over barley with carrots and onions.
Dessert: Brad had no hesitation choosing the flourless chocolate cake.
I had a creme caramel. Both were served with a scoop of mocha mousse.
I LOVED the beautiful French press coffee service! It was a lovely, leisurely lunch. Brad and I would love to come back for dinner or one of their monthly wine events. The dinner menu has "small plates", and lots of entrees that sound delicious.
I can't even tell you the joy it brings me to meet someone in California, and start off a conversation with the word "Piacere". I love when I can speak a little Italian to someone outside of Italy. Our afternoon really was a piacere!