Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I should've Been Born Italian

At least most of the time I think so. I swoon over olives and pesto, and live for a good pasta dish. When we were in St.Louis this weekend we visited 'The Hill', which is their Italian neighborhood. It is lovely, with lots of small family restaurants and businesses. Even their fire hydrants are painted green, white and red like the Italian flag.

While we walked around and geared up for lunch, we stopped in at this Italian grocery store. It was amazing! Here's what I came out with:

1/2 lb Black Sicilian Olives
1/2 lb Large Green Olives
Balsamic Vinegar
Artichoke hearts
Bay Leaves
Cinnamon sticks
1 lb fresh mozzarella
2 bottles of wine ( 2 for $7! )
3 quarts Extra Virgin Olive Oil ( $15.99, insane! A small bottle around here is $10)

I could have brought home much more but I stopped myself. After lunch at Adriana's- a small place with killer sandwiches, we were stuffed and ready to head home. Oh how I wish we had ethnic grocery stores at home; they beat Walmart any day.


VanderbiltWife said...

We were there a few years ago, but unfortunately found that on Sunday afternoon everything was closed. We managed to find one open restaurant and sample the St. Louis special of fried ravioli. MMM.

Kassie said...

We first tried to go on Sunday and found it all closed up as well! Luckily we were still in St.Louis on Monday so we were able to have lunch. I haven't tried the fried ravioli though..sounds delish!