Any night that begins with a bottle of Dom Pérignon is bound to finish well, right? Actually, it could begin and end with the one bottle and be more than fabulous in my book. Add in some great company and a meal at the Paggi House and this girl is blissful.
We occasionally have dinner with my husband’s business partner and his wife to catch up and spend some time together. They are amazing people and I am eternally grateful for their kindness, support, and generosity. This time we met at the office, before dinner, because the men wanted to celebrate a great year, thus far. Is there a better way to celebrate than Champagne? I think not. We then headed to the Paggi House, which is quickly becoming our new favorite spot to have dinner together. Three out of four of us enjoyed our previous meal so much that we couldn’t stray and try something new. And we were equally happy this time around.
One thing we did differently was to have Chris McFall, the resident Sommelier, choose our wines. I am glad we did. I had the Proscuitto and Melon salad with Balsamic and Fig to begin and Ahi with Squash Ribbons and Broccoli Rabe with Grapefruit Buerre Blanc. My husband had Venison Tartare and Scallops with Bone Marrow, Braised Fennel, and an Almond Creme. He paired both with a glass of 2009 Domaine Nicolas Rossignol Bourgogne Pinot Noir . The earthy qualities and subtle fruit was a great foil for the spice in the Tuna. It was bright enough to handle the richness of the Scallops and bone marrow. A lovely and surprising pairing.
After dinner, my husband and I stayed and sat at the bar for a bit. Thanks to Stephan and Jose Sapien, the Mixologist, for being so friendly and informative. They have a great cocktail list with some very interesting surprises. If you decide to visit at happy hour, most of the drinks and a list of appetizers are half price. I think I will be visiting in the near future. And if you want to meet me with a bottle of Dom Pérignon, I won’t complain. Cheers!