It was a pleasure tonight for an "impactful" (key cover word when one's no longer wearing a younger man's clothes) birthday celebration to taste the varied range afforded by Termoli's Il Grottino Ristorante Pizzaria. Here the ratio of cost to value is quite strong.
To begin, our table was introduced with a tasty house gifted lightly fried and slightly salted bruschetta cum basket of bread.
We began officially with a liter of water, half of local tasty sfizzando white chardonney, single shared antipasto of four natural tastes of the sea combined with three similarly cooked. This was followed by my excellent and generous portion of tagliatelle nero sepia chock-a-block with baby clam vongole, the taste of which could off knock one's socks.
My wife had a brilliant light gamberi/shrimp ravioli. (Aside: I rarely find ravioli well balanced, usually a mask for bland internal ingredients. This was that somewhat rarer happy exception).
Our entree consisted of two halves on a single plate (allowed as it was a compleano/ aka aniverso di nato/happy birthday allowance) of skewered broiled pulpo and roasted gamberi.
We had absolutely no room for dessert (despite touching no bread and oil) and the final cost was an excellent E 56 plus tip. The table next to ours consisted of three younger gents engaging wholesome looking individual pizzas and excellent beer.
(Ageist comment forewarning: they may have talked and /or looked up at each other 5% of the time they sat, otherwise absorbed in their personal phone "research". Sad to see such antisocial "social media"patterns in both Italy and America, which empashizes the lately measurable lessening proximate contact between genders on both sides of the Atlantic.
'Nuff said! On a lighter finishing note, it's easy to see how Il Grottino has earned its COE TA stripes.
A solid relaxing recommendation!
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