Celebrating with Caterina

Tonight we met with friends to celebrate the belated birthday of one of my dearest friends, Anna. It was her 30th birthday and we drank and ate over delicious italian food in a small & quaint restaurant - Trattoria Caterina.

The trattoria is a specifically Italian institution more akin to an eating club than a conventional restaurant. There are no menus, the service is casual, the prices low, and the emphasis is on a steady clientele rather than on haute cuisine. The food is modest but plentiful and is served family-style.

Here's what we ordered:
Fried Calamari ~ Calamari floured & lightly fried, served with a lemon wedge & cocktail sauce
Caprese Salad ~ Fresh tomatoes topped with red onions, mozzarella, balsamic vinegar & italian dressing
Seared Scallops ~ Fresh plum tomato sauce with asparagus, garlic, basil & a touch of white wine tossed with linguini
Tiramisu ~ A layer of creamy custard set atop espresso-soaked ladyfingers, dusted with cocoa

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