|Beets with Horseradish Panna Cotta|
On Saturday, we hit up the aquarium (a favorite pastime of mine) and I learned tons of interesting facts about our friends in the mysterious fathoms below. We still couldn’t get that Daily Catch restaurant out of our heads so we headed back to the North End to get some of the ridiculous looking pasta. We arrived to find a long line outside. I suppose everyone was at work/not touristing when we walked by the first time at 2 PM on Friday, but by 1:15 on Saturday, they had all congregated there. It was cold, but we were not willing to back down so we stood outside for 45 minutes for out chance to sample what we were sure would be fantastic Italian food. The restaurant itself is a kitchen. Really. It is a tiny kitchen with a few tables set up across the stove, enough to seat about 16 people. We were determined to be three of those 16 even if our toes would go numb in the process. We made it inside right at 2 PM and ordered immediately (we’d had enough time to stare at the chalkboard menu through the window during the wait). The restaurant (around since 1973) is nicknamed Calamari Café because squid is their specialty. I am never one to eschew anyone’s specialty so we ordered the calamari sampler – a giant plate of marinated calamari salad, fried calamari, calamari meatball (moist and unique flavor), and fried fish. We also ordered the homemade black pasta (the house favorite) with ground calamari (didn’t know this was done but I liked it), oil, and tons of garlic. It came in a skillet that we wiped clean with crusty bread. It was an unbelievable meal and my father claims it was the best pasta he can recall ever eating. Worth the wait. Worth five waits.
There was so much food at the wedding that I can’t list it all off here, but it was all good (especially the grits and pulled chicken with peach salsa). For once, I was less focused on the food because I was so mesmerized by the setting. The wedding was held at the library and since I’m a huge reader, RESPECT! It was gorgeous. If you’re planning a Bostonian wedding, do it here. We ate in the actual reading room. Like with books on the wall and those cute green reading lamps lining the long tables. The main event was the perfect culmination of my Boston wedding weekend – cheers to the bride and groom and thank you for letting me experience a new town and all the great food it has to offer!