In any case, let’s walk, work up an appetite, and then to complete the perfect day, let’s try the Grill again for dinner.
Some new appetizers appearing on the dinner menu include Muhammara, a Syrian blend of walnuts, red bell peppers and pomegranate molasses served with flat bread, and Lahmacun, a Turkish style pizza with ground beef, peppers, tomatoes and spices on a thin flat dough, which is traditionally rolled into a tube for easier eating.
Some pastas we didn’t find on the lunchtime list are here, including the Bucatini Siciliana, a thick, hollow spaghetti-like pasta with a sauteed blend of onions, garlic, roasted bell peppers, capers, pine nuts, white wine, herbs and spices—beautiful in appearance and rich in taste. A choice of lasagnas is here, and the Ravioli Pesto is popular.
My eye immediately finds the Paella in the list of entrees. A favorite of mine and rare to find, it is one of the most sumptuous tastes I’ve ever experienced, and tonight’s is no disappointment. Ersun described it to me: “Paella is of course a rice and whatever’s in the pantry dish. Originating in Arab countries where it was based on rice with chicken and lamb, it eventually made its way across the Mediterranean into countries more dependent on the ocean, and now we see it with seafood and maybe some Andouille sausage.” The Grill’s version of this concoction has steamed fresh mussels and clams, sauteed prawns, squid and chicken, tomatoes, peas, and the obligatory saffron.
The Saltimbocca alla Romana is also a delight. Veal medallions are sauteed with prosciutto, fresh sage and Marsala wine, topped with fresh mozzarella, and served with roasted baby red potatoes and fresh vegetables. The Shish Kabob, Shrimp Kabob and Swordfish Kabob are all customer favorites, and the Atun a la Brasa con Romesco, a grilled tuna with Romesco sauce, is earthy and exotic.