Merci beaucoup for all your beautifullll comments
And I promise this is the last post regarding this week’s special occasion, but nevertheless it is a grand finale of a post indeed, and I think there is a new restaurant which enters the “Best of Sara’s Life” Hall of Fame…on that note I really should make a page on SWC featuring these few notably OUTSTANDING meals
Alors, there is a highly acclaimed restaurant in Larkspur called Picco which for one reason or another I never got around to trying which really is criminal for someone like me considering this is often referred to Marin’s Best Restaurant. And for good reason (just waittttt)
Well, well, several days back I got onto Open Table and lo and behold there was an 8:30PM reservation, absolutely perfect timing in regard to the time of sunset (and for my parents to break their fast)
Of course I had to dress up…but just a little ;)
And off we went!
When we got to Picco, the restaurant and surrounding sidewalk was bustling with food & wine-appreciating Marinites out to enjoy fine dining and company on this lukewarm weekend night
Such a lively atmosphere
We were seated immediately in a booth and promptly given our mouthwatering menus:
The way the dishes are designed at Picco are to be shared (which is a plus since that is my FAVOURITE way of dining anyways)
We were all sufficiently hungry (especially daddy and mama from the entire day of fasting), but luckily the food comes out fast- and in courses!
Picco is famous for their made-from-scratch risotto and we happened to arrive four minutes before the newest batch was ready, hence we obviously began our meal with it:
Besides my mama’s, this is hands down the most incredible risotto I have EVER had! EVER! That’s saying a lot, do you know how many risottos I’ve tried?
It was an ideal al dente, robust in flavour thanks to the cheese and creaminess (but not heavy in the slightest manner) and enacted the most marvelous mouth-feel imaginable thanks to the texture of the leeks, tomatoes, and arugula
Comfort food at it’s finest
Both these green appetizers were beyond the highest valley of phenomenal! Just look at the quantity of the optimally ripe avocado they slice with such eloquence onto the bread! And with the addition of manodori balsamic and sea salt, there’s a whole new dimension of flavour
As for the padron peppers, it’s astounding what a bit of fleur de sel and quality olive oil can do- in case you’re wondering, they aren’t spicy
This was by far some of the most succulent shrimp I have ever had! And the panzanella was fantastic- fresh radishes, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, garlic bread, and more awesome-cados in a light lemony vinaigrette
One of the best bits of having a multi-course shared meal is the time it allows to SAVOUR the food, and while you’re obviously hungry while eating, it becomes very much an aesthetic experience where you take the time to enjoy, absorb, and be mindful of all the flavours permeating your palate
All of Picco’s pastas are made in house, and though I’m not normally a huge pasta-eater, this was SO GOOD. I really don’t know how else to describe these delicate roasted eggplant/cheese filled pillows of pasta. I’m salivating again just thinking about it
Ok so the second pic is a bit of a blur-fest, but this fettucini dish was equally splendid! The plump bits of juicy shrimp, bread crumbs, half-globes of cherry tomatoes- a firework show of textures and palate-pleasers!
Hey, a birthday girl has gotta have her gourmet cheeseburgers ;) Aren’t these the cutest little dudes ever! As for the taste? Unique & umami and otherwordly- the pungent Pt. Reyes blue cheese mixed with sauteed mushrooms and caramelized onions, a grass-fed medium-cooked patty atop a freshly toasted bun. Yum yum yum
We thought we were too full for dessert…you know since I also had a CAKE waiting at home, but that was until we saw the (too) tempting menu:
It was a vair vair difficult decision as every single item appealed to me (what’s new?)
Well those milkshakes definitely brought the Sara to the yard
Most incredible meal ever, I have eaten all over Marin and I can truly say that Picco is Marin’s most delicious restaurant, not to mention that the service is an entirely new breed of impeccable (we had the sweetest, most informative, most delightful waitress- I wish I knew her name so I can give her personal accolades)! In fact, I am not even going to waste my time eating anywhere else in Marin for special occasions…party at Picco, my homiessss!
Plus, EVERYONE in my family couldn’t stop talking about how incredible everything was. Daddy even said on the drive home, “What on earth did they put in that food to make it that good?” Go here. seriously. Go. Here’s the address, you have no excuses!
Believe it or not, that wasn’t the end of eating for the night, because we had to get home for a vairrrr special something
I have been a connoisseur of chocolate cakes since a very young age, over two decades in fact:
And a more recent rendition:
However, this will be my breakfast for the next week (excuse the blurriness…el blackberry was awake past her bedtime last night)
Alright peeps, do you have a special restaurant you go to for special occasions?
Opinions on pasta? Love it? Shun it? A snob about it?
What dessert would you have chosen?