and the journey begins

esperssoWe landed in Rome, picked up our car and got on the road to Il Pellicano.  You never feel refreshed when you get to Europe so we stopped to fill up the car and fill up on caffeine.  You can find good coffee at the roadside gas stations.

roomviewOur first few days are being spent at Il Pellicano where we are literally chilling, reading, sleeping and eating.

shrimp:calamari We got to the hotel and went immediately to lunch with a few glasses of wine on the side.  Fried shrimp and calamari.

saladIl Pellicano salad with mozzarella, tomatoes, greens and avocado.  Perfect.

watermenuTook a long nap and then of course it was time for the next meal.  We ate at the hotel restaurant that boasts at 2 star Michelin rating.  The water menu made me laugh.  We went with vintage Italian still water.

oysterThe olive oil they served at the table was amazing.  Straight from Sicily.  The big question of the night is do we just pick up olive oil bottles at every stop and bring them home?  This starter was hake with oysters and a shiso sauce.

lobsterWe also had roasted lobster with marsala sauce, barbary and smoked potatoes.

pastaWe split a farfalle pasta with cream of crab, orange and confit sea bream.

fishcheeseOur main courses were John Dory with pecorino sauce, fresh fava beans and mint.

fishPoached sea bass with celeriac puree with seafood sauce.

cheeseWe drank a bottle of local white wine and to wrap up the meal we went with the cheese plate.  I hate to say it but the cheese was my favorite.  Each cheese was paired with something from honey to fruit.  Really delicious.

dessertsOf course they bring out the tiny desserts just to push you over the edge.

chocolatesThen something that I haven’t seen before although they do have a chocolate cart at The Modern is a chocolate cart with 3 different types of dark chocolate.

Off to bed and am pretty sure we will be on European time by morning.

Comments (Archived):

  1. daryn

    This makes me super happy to see. Looks like a great start to your adventure! The water menu made me lol 🙂

    1. Gotham Gal


  2. William Mougayar

    Nice! Love the John Dory. Can’t go wrong with the Michelin or Relais & Chateaux :)Arrivederci. a domani

  3. Sunchowder

    Oh, enjoy! I will be living through you on this adventure!

  4. meredithcollinz

    Looks magical! Have a glorious trip!

  5. AG

    Thanks for sharing. I can imagine liking the cheese course the most too. Less and less a fan of fussy, heavy food.

    1. Gotham Gal

      Me too

  6. P.K. Fields

    I will be living vicariously for the next 4 weeks. Love the new camera. Every food shot, beach shot, view from the car, vistas looking out to various county sides, even occasion selfies are welcome. #second honeymoon

  7. bsoist

    We are big fans of the cheese plate and everywhere we go, we compare the cheese to a cheese plate we have one time in Italy! :)You two enjoy this time together!

  8. Mario Cantin

    I really appreciate how you can go from your business life to your personal life to a food receipe seamlessly on your blog.This is a great post, thanks for sharing.

  9. daveschappell

    Let me know if you make it to Amalfi. We just spent a week there, and would be happy to share some of our favorites. For the record, frugal me went with Italian still water as well (that reminds me of Almost Famous, but I digress)

  10. awaldstein

    My advice for wine–drink hyper local and you will do well.

    1. Gotham Gal

      on it.

  11. suesol

    And the eating fun begins..!!

  12. pointsnfigures

    big huge fan of european cheese and cured meats