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Teramo: Vecchia Silvi

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Closing day: Closed Tuesday in winter and Jan. 22 - 31

Reviewed by: Kim from NJ, review #1319

When: 2005

I can easily recommend this restaurant if you’re in the area; we’d give it one star.

There’s only one other patron in the large establishment when we arrive for lunch on this mid-May day and no one else joins us for the meal. I notice a piano, and wonder if they do a large dinner crowd and/or have nightly entertainment or if they see more action from summer vacationers at the beach, only a few kilometers away.

Since Vecchia Silvia is a Buon Ricordo place I already know what I’m having for lunch ... but we both start with the house antipasti, a mixed plate of cured meats, stuffed tomato, stuffed mushrooms, crispy sautéed onions, bruschetta topped with a parsley pesto and another with tomatoes, all accompanied by a basket filled with at least ten different types of salami -- with which comes a cutting board and knife for us to help ourselves. It’s all delicious and costs about €7 per person.

Four our primi, Chris has tagliatelle con porcini and I have the BR speciale – timbale of scrippeli. I’d liken it to lasagna made with a tomato sauce, akin to Chris’s grandmother’s (sweet more than savory), with tiny meatballs and cheese. It’s delicious but I can only eat about half because I am full. The waiter returns and seeing that neither of us has finished our dish asks if we didn’t like it but I pat my stomach and ask him how to say “full” in Italian. I believe he says, “pieno.”

With our meal we have a bottle of Montepulciano d’Abruzzo, a bottle of acqua frizzante. We follow the meal with two caffé for a grand total of 55€ (the BR meal accounts for 16 of that).

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