Monday, October 12, 2009


It was an early evening mid-week and we decided to go for a quick dinner somewhere nearby.  Since it was still not quite autumn, we took advantage of one of the last days of warm weather and wanted to eat outdoors so we ended up at La Pappardella Sul Mare in Laguna Village.   We had been to this restaurant a few times during the summer when it stayed bright till late.  The other day, we arrived before eight just in time to watch the sun set on the horizon and have an early dinner.  We all wanted something simple to start and shared a pizza bread (thin-crust pizza topped with tomato sauce and garlic) and a tomato mozzarella salad.  I prefer pizza without cheese so this type of tomato-pizza-bread is what I always order - it's actually a pizza margherita without the cheese.

To follow, we all had pasta - gnocchi Sorrentina (with tomato and mozzarella sauce), spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti aglio, oglio e peperoncino con gamberoni (with prawns in garlic, chili and olive oil) and my all-time favorite spaghetti alle vongole (clams in white wine, garlic and olive oil).  All were al dente and quite good.  It started to get chilly so after finishing our dinner we went straight home.

La Pappardella is a nice option in this part of town and an ideal place for an al fresco lunch but get ready for the usual steep prices that come with having a table outdoors overlooking the Mediterranean.  The view is amazing but it doesn't come cheap - at least the food is good.


The Cooking Ninja said...

mmm...I would kill for that plate of oglio e peperoncino con gamberoni and sphaghetti alle vongole. I'm drooling on my keyboard already.

Gourmet Traveller said...

The aglio oglio is easy to make at home but the vongole is always so much better at a proper Italian restaurant. Why don't you have it tonight for dinner?

solid wood furniture said...

I never had a chance to go there and try their food. I think it is worth a visit1