Saturday, May 22, 2010

Aroma Italian Cafe and Wine Bar

Stopped in at Aroma Italian Cafe and Wine Bar last evening after what was supposed to be a quick happy hour at Dexters. That turned into dinner. And the next thing you know, drinks and dessert at Aroma. Such is life.

I've walked by Aroma a million times, and have even tried to partake a couple of times, but they had been closed. Long story short, this was my first visit and I have to admit I was quite impressed.

Situated in an old house in Thornton Park, Aroma has a comfortable and relaxed atmosphere. The service was prompt, but otherwise was very uninterested in our table.

We split two desserts: the Torta Della Nonna (my fav) and the Chocolate Marquise (fancy name for chocolate mousse). The Torta had a base of short pastry (fancy name for crust), lemony pastry cream, pine nuts and almonds. Even though it was dusted with powered sugar, it wasn't overly sweet. Which pretty much balanced out with the freaky chocolaty Marquise. Silky smooth and dusted this time with cocoa powder, this is a dessert to be taken seriously. And in moderation. Yikes.

We also split a bottle of Pricipessa Gavi. I've always been a fan of Gavi. Made from the Cortese grape and hailing from Piedmont, it's a nice alternative to Pinot Grigio. Less acid, more balanced with hint of almonds. Which is why it pretty much rocked with the Torta.

Oh, and just in case anyone is wondering, I did 45 min on the elliptical yesterday morning and sweated my you know what off at Lake Eola this morning. Such is life.

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