Tuesday, February 24, 2015

For the love of Dessert, Fiola Mare style!

I always planned on writing this post on my favorite desserts from Fiola Mare (it is about a year in the making), Valentine's Day 2015 cemented my need to write this post.

Our waitress for the day was Johanna, who was lovely for the whole meal.

Thanks to Johanna we enjoyed three amazing desserts (2 of which I had for the first time on that cold winter's day).

First was the amazing Warm Cinnamon Roll (figure 1), described on the menu as having a Vanilla Bean Glaze and served with a Brown Butter gelato.  This gooey, warm, sugary delight  evokes memories of a New England Christmas.

Figure 1. Warm Cinnamon Roll

Next, we enjoyed the Tahitian Vanilla Cake with maple, topped with Cranberries, and served with Vanilla gelato (figure 2).  This dessert popped in my mouth and brought back memories of a childhood summer birthday.

Figure 2. Tahitian Vanilla Cake
Not our first taste, the Bomboloni  (zeppoles, or fried Italian pastries), dusted with powdered sugar and served with a chocolate gelato (figure 3), remind me of my annual trip to the county fair with my dad as a child.

Figure 3. Bomboloni

Figure 4. Valentine's Day Delight

I have many other pictures of desserts that I have enjoyed over the years:
Figure 5. Spumone 

Figure 6.  Spumone 

Figure 7. My birthday surprise with gold leaf.

Figure 8. Neapolitan

Figure 9

Figure 10. Torta San Marcos with raspberry gelato

Figure 11. Torta San Marcos

Figure 11. Panna Cotta

Figure 13. Chocolate Bon Bons

Figure 14. Chocolate Bon Bons

Figure 15. Just for me

Finally Figure 15, was a special dessert whipped up for me thanks to Luca and Sara, the pastry chef.  Sara took a flour-less chocolate cake and topped it with warm caramel and gelato. Thanks to the both of them I was able to enjoy a nut-free treat (I have allergies).

I will of course have more and I enjoy my bi-weekly trips to this Georgetown gem.

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Drinks from Fiola Mare

Throughout the past year visiting Fiola Mare in DC, I have taken photos of all the new drinks that we have ordered.  I am not a big drinker, but the cocktails look (and more importantly taste) amazing.

Why I Love Fiola Mare in DC

I have been visiting Fiola Mare on the Georgetown waterfront since it opened a year ago.  I was walking by one day and there was this new restaurant, Italian+Seafood = Awesome.  I walked in and was greeted by the nicest and friendliest man named Lynn.  Lynn greeted me with the warmest smile and I proceeded to the bar.  My friend ordered the John Dory (Thanks Luca), I can't remember what I ordered, but it the when the John Dory came out and the server proceeded to de-bone the fish, I couldn't wait to taste.  The Dory was juicy and flavorful.  Unfortunately, I cannot describe the flavors a year later.

Since a year ago, I have been going a few times a month, and service has not failed.  I plan to add photos of dishes that I had the joy of eating in the last year at my favorite restaurant in DC.

The front bar at Fiola Mare