Anatomy of a Dinner Party: a day in the life of a hospitalityaholic

An Antico Feast

Written by Patti on June 21st, 2011

Good Morning Darlings!

I am blessed with ridiculously good fortune. Or maybe it’s because of my pollyanna attitude that I see my life through rose colored glasses. Either way. Amazing experiences happen to me a lot.

One of those times happened last week in an invitation from Miss Tinsley to attend a Tinsley Tasting at Antico Pizza.

But this was not a pizza dinner. Oh no. So much more.

Antico, the unassuming little building on a side street off of 14th, is our city’s powerhouse of pizza. You will definitely find yourself standing in line when you visit, but go ahead a wait. It is worth it. There is no finer pizza in these United States of ours.

On an overcast day last week, eight of us gathered at one of the kitchen tables at Antico and experienced a feast. A feast, I tell you! Owner Giovanni and our own Patricia planned and executed a multi-course meal that had us all crying “mangia!”

First Course - One perfectly executed margherita pizza.

From left: Asha, Shyni, Dr. Cara, Jay

Next, foccacia. Delicious.

Rosemary Foccacia, tended to by Giovanni himself.

Wait, didn’t I say this wasn’t a pizza dinner? Yes, I did. These were just the starters, Darlings!

What’s next? Gnocchi with fresh mozzarella in a luscious tomato sauce? Bring it on.

Scrumptious gnocchi with fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil.

How’s everyone feeling at this point? Well, we are a few bottles of wine in and getting to know each other.

New friends Tisha and Tim.

Everything is a photo op!

Patricia and Melissa check out the progress of the main course.

What do we have here?

A giant red snapper.

This fish was the show stopper. This red snapper had to have weighed at least 8 pounds. It was stuffed with herbs and cooked in one of the pizza ovens. Now, mind you, these pizza ovens are at temps hovering around 800F, so you can imagine how juicy the fish was after being seared in one of these ovens. It was spectacular.

Jay uses deft skill to debone the snapper.

“Saving room” was the motto of the afternoon because the hits just kept on coming.

Pasta carbonara anyone?

Are we done yet? Not even close.

Who doesn't need more pizza?

Shyni brought Lassi, a yogurt drink that was flavored with mango. Yummy!

Lassi come home.

Dessert time!

Cannoli - Works of art, Italian style.

At the end of the meal we were all smiling, sated and enjoying our new friendships.

The lovely Shyni and me.

Miss Tinsley, I don’t know how you do it. You know everyone and everyone is captivated by you.

A billion thanks for including me in this fantastic once-in-a-lifetime event. It was glorious.

xoxo, Patti

Today blogging to Dean Martin – That’s Amore


10 Comments so far ↓

  1. Patti says:

    Oh Arlynn, it was so good! xoxo, P

  2. Patti says:

    Bobbi, Of course I did! But then I ate it. Oops. xoox, P

  3. An epic feast for sure! I’m getting hungry looking through the photos! Mmm…

  4. Patti says:

    Melissa, The best! xoox, P

  5. Patti says:

    Hi Alena! It was all fantastic! xoxo P

  6. Jennifer says:

    Oh Wow! All of it looks fabulous!!! What a wonderful event to be a part of and obviously an amazing place to dine! I must tell dear Audley and make it a priority next time we are down!

    xo, Jen

  7. Patti says:

    Jennifer, call me and Eric & I will meet you all there! xoxo, P

  8. Lisa says:

    That snapper looks beyond fantastic!

  9. holland says:

    looks amazing….i still havent been yet…i hear the pies are awesome that gnocchi looked divine

  10. Patti says:

    Holland, Dear! You must go!