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Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Pizzabella and Trezo Mare

Our friend, Larry, was in town for short visit, so last night we took him to a couple of places that we like. We started at Pizzabella for dinner and then moved on to Trezo Mare for dessert and after dinner drinks. We had a great time and really hated saying good bye at the end of the night.
I actually decided to order something other than Brussels sprouts for a change. I noticed Broccolini on the menu last night and I don't recall seeing that on the menu before. Broccolini is one of those things they use on the Food Network and you see in magazines, but you can never find in the grocery store, so I decided to go with that. It really tastes like regular broccoli, just a little on the delicate side. They serve it with speck ham, chili flakes and toasted garlic. This was a nice dish, with just the right amount of heat for me. I also ordered the Salami pizza, which is covered in a light tomato sauce, soppressata salami and oregano.
Larry ordered the Brussels sprouts and he loved the combination of flavors, the salty pancetta, sweet cranberries and the nutty hazelnuts. He ordered the Mushroom pizza, which is my favorite. I love all those mushrooms with the sweet cooked onions and thyme.
Dan got the Mixed Greens salad with that wonderful dressing and the Prosciutto pizza. It's a really nice, light pizza with the thinly sliced prosciutto and the topping of fresh arugula.
Pizzabella is located in the Crossroads District at 1810 Baltimore KCMO 64106.
All that and a couple of Peronis make for a pretty good evening, but Dan had further plans for us. He thought it would be nice to go to Trezo Mare and sit by the fireplace and enjoy a drink and dessert. The lounge is open until midnight, so we headed on over.
We had the place all to ourselves, so we picked the table in front of the fireplace and waited for the bartender to take our order. Larry ordered the Milk Chocolate Peanut Butter Crunch Bars($8) with a Taylor Fladgate Port($8). The peanut butter bars were rich and decadent, covered in a nice light chocolate mousse and fudge sauce. All of us enjoyed that dessert the most. Dan had the Spice Cake($8) and an expensive Grand Marnier($11). The spice cake was very flavorful, but a little on the dry side. The vanilla ice cream on top helped even it out some. I ordered the Espresso Creme Caramel($8) and the Fonseca 10 Year Port($7). The creme caramel was actually very well flavored and light. This was the perfect way to end an already perfect evening.
Trezo Mare is located in Briarcliff Village at 4105 N. Mulberry Dr. KCMO 64116. Their web address is http://www.trezomare.com/.

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