Tonight we celebrated Sam’s birthday by going out to dinner.
It’s really difficult to find a restaurant big enough to hold 12 people in Italy. After searching around for a bit we came upon a seafood restaurant. And boy did it turn out to be an adventure.
Katie and Sam (who split their meal) ended up getting a variety of cold seafood, including mussels, clams, octopus, sardines, and prawns (with eyes still intact… *shudders*). Since it’s rude to not eat everything served to you in a ristorante, they sneakily shared with us so that we could help them eat everything. Then their risotto came out and it was like a massive warm duplicate of the previous dish. Everyone else got massive dishes too. By the end of the meal we were stuffed to the brim. (sorry Mom – I know that isn’t polite to say… 😉 ) But wait – there’s more.
The restaurant and the people who worked there were actually really nice. There was a lot of stuff served that was on the house: the mussel appetizers (which would have been good had I been able to get over the fact that I was indeed eating what I served to fish years before when I went fishing with my uncles) and the dessert still to come. The waiter got traditional Sardinian cake pieces and candles and brought them to her, and we all sang her happy birthday. Then he brought us lemoncello (also free of charge), which is an Italian liqueur that aids with digestion. I was anxious to try it since I had heard lots about it, and it was actually pretty good, though very very strong.
It was quite fun, this birthday adventure of ours. Erika, whose birthday is on Thursday, said hers would be a little less dramatic and that we’d just go out for gelato instead. 🙂