Tuesday, March 24, 2020

fine dining Covid-19 sytle


As many of you know son works for a fine Italian restaurant in the Scottsdale area here in the valley.  

Because of Covid-19 all restaurants and bars have had to close except to offer take out or delivery service.  

So naturally his restaurant had to follow the guidelines so they put together a take out menu and reduced their hours of operation.  They closed Monday and are only open 3 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. the other days.

Son and the 2 other cooks currently are still employed.  Thankfully! 

We decided to order pick up from them today for dinner.

We got the pasta A special which was a choice of 2 pastas available plus a choice of 2 salads available or soup.

This is hubby's salad, Insalata Organiche.  Came with dressing on the side.


This is my entree; gnocchi, which is not pronounced the way I would pronounce it.  In Italian it is pronounced so different that I can't duplicate it here.  


This is my caprese salad. Very tasty.  

Hubby's pasta which was Paccatelli; also equally good. 

Came with bread and olive oil along with biscotti.  

And a nice touch, son had Chef pick out a bottle of wine to compliment our meal and son bought it for us!  

Food was ready on time and delicious and kept fresh on the drive home.  We ended up splitting the salads and enjoying our entrees.  

It was good to support local small businesses like this.  Chef and his wife truly appreciated our business.  It was frightfully expensive, but the restaurant is to begin with, but we felt it was good to help them (and hopefully keep son gainfully employed during these times).

As budget allows we plan to support other local small restaurants and businesses weekly.  

This too will pass! 


29 comments:

Pat Hatt said...

Great that you helped out and got to eat good in return indeed. Yeah, it shall pass, but no very quickly.

DUTA said...

The food looks delicious, and your gesture of supporingt local business is great!

Sandi said...

This looks delicious. We will be supporting a lot of local businesses through this and after!

Jo said...

Looks like good food. Glad you enjoyed it.

joeh said...

Looks delicious.

My half Italian wife says it is pronounced Noki, she may only be half right.

Bijoux said...

We call it 'neo-kee'

So nice of you to support local business. We are so fearful here that we are not venturing out or ordering food.

Jeanette said...

Yes, good to support restaurants and local businesses if you can. We want them still here when this is all over!

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

So glad your son still has a job. Good to support our local businesses. I'm sure a tip would be appreciated too. Good dinner for sure, it all looks delicious !

Mellie said...

Looks yummy!! Most of the restaurants are doing take out or delivery here as well. Some have started doing family packs with a complete meal for four for $20-25. Not a bad deal and a good way to get some business.

Mevely317 said...

Oh Betty, you'd be laughing at me over here trying to pronounce some of these dishes. That caprese salad would be my favorite. Yours is a great reminder to do what we can to support local businesses!

PS- So glad your son was chosen as one of the members to hold down the fort. You must be so proud!

Liz A. said...

We're on similar. All restaurants take out only. It's painful for some restaurants, but at least we get food :) Some restaurants in the area have also started doing pop up markets since the grocery stores are so picked over. Mostly fresh ingredients, although some wholesale bakeries are offering bread to the public.

Chatty Crone said...

Looked good - you are making me hungry.
We have the same closings here.
We are trying to help businesses stay well too by ordering out sometimes.

DeniseinVA said...

Hello Betty, just surfing in from Valerie's blog, A Mixed Bag, and saw your comment so I thought I would pop over to say hello. Our restaurants here are doing the same thing and right now we are ordering from a local shop that makes an old nostalgia favorite, Cornish Pasties. They come frozen and we pop them in the freezer for whenever we need them. They have already written to thank customers for their overwhelming response in orders, as I'm sure everyone is very worried about their businesses. Your meal sounds absolutely delicious and lovely to not only support the chef and his wife but your son also. Yes, this too will pass :)

Debby said...

We haven't done take out yet. IT all looks so good. I have enough food to get us through. I am craving chocolate though...

Joanne Noragon said...

My Italian friend's mother pronounced it ga-no-chi. Am I close?

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Yum, you're making me very hungry. So glad he is still working.

yaya said...

I'm so glad your son's still working and hopefully this will be over sooner than later. Some of the small restaurants and coffee places are actually doing better now than in normal times! Your dinner looked delish and the salad looks like one my Dad would have called a Honeymoon Salad...Lettuce Alone! Ha! Have a good week and stay safe!

Martha said...

Oh, it all looks so delicious! A nice treat during this time. And yes, this will pass! We just have to be patient and do our share to keep everyone safe.

Veronica Lee said...

The food looks amazing, Betty! So glad that your son is still employed.

Praying hard that this nightmare will end soon.

Stay safe, my dear friend!

Meraki said...

Wow that pasta is looking so delicious.
Meraki

Mary Kirkland said...

That's awesome and it looks good. We ordered pizza and hamburgers from a local Gyro shop about a half a block away today for lunch.

Juli said...

We are trying to support when we can. It's taking an hour or more for curbside at most places. Sadly, we are all still on "normal" function for now. Hubs and I still working for the PO and Youngest working in grocery. Oldest is online with classwork 5 hours a day, but aside from that he's bored out of his mind. He came with me to Walmart today just to get out of the house.

Currently I'm in the depression stage of all of this. There's a post coming soon... It's all bottled up right now. :(

Ann Bennett said...

I'll take your husband's pascatelli and your caprise salad. It looks like a yummy meal. I'm cooking our meals. But I thought we might all get in the car and pick up food at a local restaurant and eat in the car. We've done that before. Our family is recovering from the unexpected death of a family member. So we are all pining away in the house a bit. I have the widow dog who has joined our pack and named herself Queen of the Universe. When you are a 16 year old dog, you are special.

And yes, this will pass. I'm glad your son is still employed. There will be different jobs available as this pestilence continues and ends with a new normal. You just gotta go with the flow.

Victoria Zigler said...

So glad your son currently still has a job, and you were able to support the business and feed yourselves at the same time.

Denise said...

Lots of restaurants here in Detroit area doing take-out too. One Italian place has an Easter menu available, but I have decided not to host a dinner until later in the month. I get Blue Apron, now every week, and gnocchi is on the menu in a couple of weeks. Growing up, we made our own at home, but I have only made it once. I'm getting lazy about making my own pasta and bread which helps my waistline too.

Stay healthy.

Wendy said...

Our local restaurants are doing the same thing. I hope they all survive. I'm not a gnocchi fan, so I would have gone with your husband's entree. The caprese salad - mmm mm!

netablogs said...

So glad your son is still employed. Eating out is a great way to support local restaurants. I'm sure they appreciate every person who makes the effort. We went through a drive through today to grab a treat before we drove to our walking destination. The line up was the longest I had seen in a while!

Danielle L Zecher said...

Both of those pastas look delicious! I love Italian food. There's kind of a big movement here to continue to support local businesses through all of this. It's nice that you were able to treat yourself and help others out in the process. And very nice of your son to buy you the wine.

Paula said...

Food looks wonderful. I am glad your son still has his job.