Saturday, February 5, 2011

Day 86: Dinner at Enzo''s in Budd Lake

There are so many reasons why I love this place: its less than five minutes from our house, Ernie, the owner, is friendly and welcoming, his kids have all worked (or are working) there in some capacity and he can be proud of all of them - they do a fine job - they are friendly and helpful - you always get service with a smile, there is always something on the menu that a vegetarian can eat, but the number one reason I love Enzo's is that there is always something new, interesting and delicious on the menu. This is more than I feel we have any right to expect from our local pizzeria, but it is never-the-less true and even though we do not eat meat, we can usually find something new to try. L. has had some outstanding fish dishes from the daily special menu. There is often a special salad or pasta, and fall and winter bring an array of lovely homemade soups. The pumpkin soup that appears on the menu in the fall is something I look forward to all year. These daily specials range from hearty peasant fare to dishes with a gourmet presentation and level of execution that you would expect to pay twice as much for at an upscale place. There is no pretension here, just good food.

Last night I had a wonderful soup with cannelloni beans, lots of celery, roasted red pepper and black olives, with 2 slices of crusty ciabatta bread tucked into the soup at the sides of the bowl. I've never had a soup with exactly these ingredients before. The flavors were wonderful together, as were the textures, it made a lovely meal. L. had his soup with a vegetable Stromboli, I had a small house salad that included romaine and iceberg lettuce, cucumbers, tomatoes, green & black olives, red onion, and roasted red peppers. Just perfect.

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