Piacere

As you may have heard, our beloved camp, The Painted Turtle Camp, in Lake Hughes, CA was severely affected by the Powerhouse wildfire last June.  Thankfully not major buildings were burned but because of the smoke and landscape damage, The Painted Turtle could not hold camp sessions this summer.  So The Painted Turtle created  “Camp On the Move” so that campers could still have a little camp fun this summer.  My family attended a “Camp On the Move” in Atherton, CA.  It was a great day with crafts, food, dancing and fun!  After the event, my family and  many camp friends decided to go to Piacere for dinner.  The chef of the restaurant is a good friend of ours and we have been wanting to try the restaurant for a long time.  The front of the restaurant was a nice little bar and outdoor seating.  We were seated in a large private room because of our large group.  The service was very nice and attentive even though we had a large number of people.  First they brought out some bruschetta.  They were small slices of sourdough bread with tomato slices and balsamic drizzled on them.  I’m not a very big fan of tomatoes so I let my dad have them.  I love the flavor of tomatoes but I’m still learning to like the texture.  The sourdough bread with the flavors of the tomato and balsamic was delicious.  Everyone at the table enjoyed the bruschetta.  Then they brought out some bread and dipping oil that was delicious!  They also brought some seasoned, roasted garbanzo beans in their pod, that everyone loved. They were very unique and fun to try.  I shared a Caesar salad with my mom.  It had shaved parmesan and garlic croutons.  The croutons were very flavorful and you could definitely taste the garlic.  The shaved parmesan was rich and delicious and the dressing was light and perfect.  I wished I had ordered my own. :-) There were so many things on the menu that I wanted to try but I finally decided to try the cheese pizza, knowing my parents would let me try their entrees.  The pizza was wonderful with a slightly sweet sauce and great crust.  The mozzarella was delicious on the pizza.  My brother said that it was “perfectly crispy”.  We ordered a side of corn cakes.  They were so good that I wish I could go back and have them right now.  They were whole kernels of sweet and juicy corn in a light cake that was just the right amount of crispy.  My family and friends enjoyed them very much. My mom loved her entrée which was the day boat scallops with a pea risotto. My dad loved his entrée too, which was a salmon with corn cakes and vegetables.  From what I could gather, everyone at our table enjoyed their meals—everything from spaghetti and meatballs or gnocchi to mushroom pizza or burgers.  At the end of our meal, after we’d said our goodbyes to our friends and went to thank the chef for our wonderful meal, she invited my brother and I to taste some of the house made ice cream. My brother’s favorite was the buttermilk.  I couldn’t decide between chocolate or banana chocolate chip,  both were wonderful.  The chocolate was very rich and the banana chocolate chip reminded me of a banana chocolate chip muffin.  The vanilla was very nice, it was like vanilla bean.  All of the flavors were great.  Overall, Piacere is a wonderful place to eat out.  Their service is great and their food is amazing!  Piacere is a great place to go with family and friends and the kids would love it.

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