It was my birthday last week. Tuesday, to be precise. Now, I’m not one of those people who celebrates on the weekend before or the weekend after. The birthday celebrations MUST happen on my actual birthday; anything less is unacceptable.
Being that my birthday fell on a weeknight, I decided to play it low-key and local. Dinner with a small group (that ended up being 14) at Fellini’s, a no-frills Italian place within walking distance of my apartment. The perk of going to Fellini’s on a Tuesday night is that they waive the corkage fee. Being the thrifty drunk that I am, I showed up with 6 bottles of wine! (Don’t worry; I shared.) After dinner, more revelers joined in for drinks at the Albatross, a great pub in Berkeley with darts, Connect Four, popcorn, and relatively nice bathrooms.
I was put in charge of ordering appetizers for the entire group, and decided on bruschetta, calamari and a green salad. Everything was great, but I have to say that the calamari was the best. It’s nice when the breading isn’t so overwhelming and you can still taste the squid — which, in this case, was fresh, chewy, and tasty.
Next up: main course. I ordered one of their specials: turkey and fennel meatballs with linguini. While it was good (and very filling), I have to say that R&J ordered the BEST PIZZA EVER. It was a shittake and oyster mushroom white pizza that was bursting with garlic, olive oil, and deliciousness. Everyone seemed pleased with their food, which made me happy.
Finally: dessert. I ordered the, which they describe in the menu as, “A moist layer of chocolate cake topped with a white chocolate mousse and finished with a creamy mocha mousse.” Chocolate, with chocolate, with more chocolate? Sign me up!! A tiramisu was also ordered and shared. Both were great, though I favored the gateau which was airy and sweet without being too over-the-top. Major bonus: they brought it over with a candle on it!
But you know what was the best part of this meal? My friends who were there to celebrate with me! Because the greatest meal in the world wouldn’t be quite so delicious without good company, and I definitely had some delightful company on hand that night. Thanks guys!