After sampling the Southampton City Art Gallery (a stunning collection in need of bigger home), we ended up in the new plaza in front of the Guild Hall's auditorium, a skateboarder's paradise and a place in the process of making. We spied a corner cafe sporting a jazzy frontage and we went in for a late afternoon coffee at the Caffe Momento.
The proprietor/creator greeted us and escorted us beyond the espressos and into the realm of deserts which we fell into with shared gusti, a lemon/orange custard dish whose name I can't remember was delicious and unlike anything I had experienced from Brule to Caramel. So we decided to return the following evening for dinner.
This was dinner in a movie, the dinner being fresh Bream served on a bed of marinated orange slices, wowzers; a wonderful presentation complemented by a memorable dry white (carricante plantia, duca diaragena candido - forgive the misspellings of a scribbled note) recommended by our Sicilian host.
The food was delicious and the service impeccable, a performance to dine for. Sicily and the old world of joyful cuisine and hospitality opened up for us over the courses of the evening with a parting Grappa for the lads and Limoncello for the ladies.
A wonderful time and a momento not to be forgotten. Enjoy a bite of the Dolce Vita in Hampshire.
Thanks Franco from your fan base in North America. We will return.
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