After lots of shopping on Friday in Costa Mesa, we enjoyed a glass of wine at our hotel. Each of the tables in the courtyard, (we called it the piazza) had a different herb planted on the small pot. The result was a lovely scented courtyard with flowers as well as rosemary, thyme, parsley and sage on the tables.
Later, we settled in for a casual dinner and some good pasta at Nello's Cucina, in South Coast Plaza.
When it was time to order, I knew EXACTLY what I wanted, a dish I have always wanted to recreate at home, but never tried. It is called Rotelle di Pasta. It consists of a wide strip of pasta (like a lasagna noodle), rolled up with prosciutto, mozzarella and bechamel, then baked and topped with a vodka cream sauce. It is very rich and delicious!
Brad couldn't decide between all the fresh pasta choices (although there were 20, not counting two risotto dishes). His hesitation led the waiter to suggest he "make up his own dish", so he did. He came up with linguini with olive oil, garlic, lemon, capers, feta and chicken.
We went back to our hotel and sat in the courtyard, olive trees decked in white lights, and drank another glass of wine before bedtime.