We met Fiona and Steve at 7:30 at the Scotch Bar for a drink before we walked to dinner at La Capriata. First we were served a small, unusual "caprese" salad with orange, fig and mozzarella.
I ordered “Fantasia del Chef” antipasto: two fried zucchini flowers, a slab of scarmorza cheese fried with prosciutto and a sformato di parmigiano with tomato sauce… to die for!
Next, I had a green lasagna Bolognese with tons of meat, and could only eat half of it. Steve finished mine AND two more orders of it!
Brad had mezza luna pasta with “berries, ricotta, and fruit of the woods”.
His secondi was guinea hen in a honey sauce with potato.
With water, wine and coffee, and the bill was 69Euro per couple. We all enjoyed our meal.
Since I had an appetizer and pasta course, but no entree, I was finished eating when everyone's entree arrived. I took my wine and went outside to the courtyard near the front door.
I met a young woman and her mother as they were leaving. We began talking, in italian, and they lived in the neighborhood. At some point I told them we were looking for an apartment to rent next summer. Soon, Iliana, a young attorney, came back into the restaurant with me, to meet everyone. She joined our table as everyone finished their wine or coffee.
As soon as we paid the bill, she walked us a couple of blocks to her 7th floor rooftop apartment in a lovely security building. The apartment is small, with a kitchen/living area, a master bedroom, laundry facilitues, and it has a huge terrace with 360 degree views of Bologna. It was gorgeous at night with all the towers and domes lit up.
We exchanged information, and she walked us to her favorite gelato shop . I had a scoop of “Contessa” (Amaretti in crema di mandorle). We walked home still not believing our luck. We are definitely meant to come back to Bologna next year. even if we do not ever stay in Iliana's apartment, it was lovely to meet her.