a month ago my husband and i began a new life's experience - started dr. caldwell esselstyn's diet - vegan, no oil, no nuts. now that's a challenge. we didn't want to give up meals w/friends not so radical in their eating. someone told me to call aziza's and ask the chef there, caleb shriber, if he wouldn't fix such a meal. we called a week ahead, took two friends, one a diehard meat eater and one willing to eat our way. wowowowowowo is what we have to say about our entire dining experience there last night. the restaurant itself is very charming, small, intimate, not too noisy, brick walls, a beautiful old brick oven straight back for all to view where they make their famous pizzas and other food items. the waitresses were attentive, just the right amount of banter without being at our table all night, and the food just sumptious. the presentation was lovely as chef caleb brought out our first course - a delicious pumpkin soup served in the pumpkin and a tampanade of avocados and other veggies served in the pumpkin neck. omg, that could have been our meal. our second course was a mixture of a different type of mushrooms and gnocchi that literally melted in our mouths. well, we were astonished when the dessert came out - lovely billy bread small servings w/specially made sweets on top. it was literally a feast and every mouthful a gastronomical delight. my friend who adventured out to try vegan enjoyed it every bit as much as my husband and myself. chef caleb was a charming person and seems so willing to try other interesting meals. our friends suggested that he call our meal the oliver meal(our last name) but caleb said he wants to try other things in this vein.
the menu, which our less adventurous friend ate from, showed real promise for delicious appetizers and entrees - a rockfish which looked so appealing and which we may have one night when and if we decide to cheat on our new diet. i forgot to say how reasonably the meals are.
try this wonderful place and tell caleb we sent you:):):)
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