I wanted to get together with Amy to catch up and learn from her about online strategies for Managed Markets. I have known Amy for many years since she was doing Media Strategies for our Pharma brands and Internet Media was just starting. Amy has moved on to Managed Markets which is becoming very important to many brands. So where do we eat in New Brunswick? I suggested we go to Catherine Lombardi’s for some classic American Italian Food. The well decorated dining room also allows enough privacy for a business meeting a great food to nourish us. So Amy agreed to meet me there.
After we caught up on what we both have been doing recently I suggest we get my Favourite Appetizer, the Prosciutto di San Daniele with Parmigiano-Reggiano. I like this appetizer because of the quality of the ingredients and the contrast between taste and texture. The Prosciutto is custom cut for each order at the bar allowing you watch as they cut. The meat is moist and slightly sweet. The Parmigiano-Reggiano is freshly cut into bit-sized cubes providing a contrast by being slightly salty and slightly el-dente. The added feature to the dish are the Balsamic Cherries that contast with both the meat and cheese. The size of the portion is large enough for two to share and even take a snack back to the office for a late afternoon bite. (Thanks Amy)
Amy went for the Pappardelle with Bolognese as her main course. I wasn’t familiar with the pasta Pappadelle so Alex, who did a great job serving us so well with her partner Scott, explained that it was kinda like ”Fettuccini that had been run over by a steam roller”. Alex and Scott are exactly who you want to see serving you at any meal, attentive, informative and professional. Great job guys. I hope to see you again. Amy shared with me that the pasta was perfectly cooked and meat sauce was very satisfying.
I went for the Daily Ravioli Special for my main course. Since Fall had just started the Squash and Cheese Ravioli with Sage Brown Butter Cream Sauce sounded perfect for a sunny Fall day in New Brunswick. The store made ravioli were perfect with a great blend of squash and cheese, perfectly cooked with a drop of Pumpkin Oil on each. The Brocolli Rabe was a perfect side with the pasta as it brought some bitter and garlic taste to the party matching well with sweet squash and cheese. It was a delicious dish, well balance and perfect for the season. Well done.
It took a great deal of persuasion, but I managed to convince Amy to have some dessert. After review all the delicious choices she selected my favourite dessert at Catherine Lombardi’s, the Zabaglione with Fruit. Most of the times I have had this Classic Italian Custard, it has come with Strawberries but today it came with Blueberries. The light custard was sweet with the tart berries making a nice contrast .
I had to try something different from Amy so that I could share with the readers the experience. What I do for my readers. LOL. I went for the Canolli. Come to find out they bake their own shells and then fill them on demand. The filling, Alex warned was not as sweet as other canolli but the blend of Sweetened Mascarpone and Ricotta Cheese with some Orange Zest would be less sweet than I was used to but it would be very good. The two canolli arrived on a giant plate with a dusting of Pistachio Nuts, Chocolate pieces and Powdered Sugar. Alex was right, it was a great change from the super sweet pastries you can get everywhere and a great end to a great lunch.
Thanks Amy for playing along with my hobby, taking photos and helping me understand the state of the art of online marketing in the Managed Market space. I hope we get to do this again.
Catherine Lombardi’s – 3 Livingston Ave, New Brunswick, NJ 08901-1903 (732) 296-9463