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I hope you all had a wonderful Memorial Day weekend!

But today is this week’s Monday and it’s back to the grind. So let’s just jump right into another Restaurant Impression, shall we?

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It was just by chance that we found Prima.

It was a Friday night and I was hangry. Work was busy, so I hadn’t eaten a proper lunch. The night before, my friend Kim asked what we had planned for the evening. Rob and I actually had nothing going on, which is rare. So I asked her to join us because I was sure we’d be playing some Restaurant Volley before going out.

Without going into too much detail, let’s suffice to say that:

  1. I was hangry (and tired, so cooking was not even an option).
  2. We couldn’t decide where to eat. Restaurant Volley was taking more time than usual.
  3. When we finally settled on Lyn65, we found that they had no availability until 8:30pm.

So we continued to drive along Lyndale Avenue in search of somewhere else to meet Kim.

I pulled out my trusty Google Maps app. I love how the GPS can detect where you are, then displays the businesses and landmarks around you. I scrolled along Lyndale Ave and found George and the Dragon.

But traffic was bad. We were at a stand still. There was road rage… not in our car, but in the one in front of us. The battery was low on my phone and I still needed to text Kim our location.

Then I spotted another restaurant that would be coming up on our right in just a few blocks:

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Okay, I took this photo the other day, not when we were in en route. So neither the 18-minute drive time nor the 1:15pm timestamp is accurate; but I’m sure you get the picture.

I noticed that Prima had an average rating of 4.6 stars, so I clicked on it.

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Oh dear, yes! Thank you, Google Maps!

There didn’t seem to be a real bar area; but we chose to eat inside rather than on the sidewalk facing the busy traffic.

While we waited for Kim, we perused the menu and ordered a drink. I spotted something really intriguing to me! Can you pick out what it was?

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It was something I’d never had nor envisioned having. The server said it was brand new, so they weren’t even sure in what type of glass the Hard Cider with Pinot Grigio should be served!

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It was crisp, dry and refreshing. There wasn’t even a hint of sweetness that came to the party here. Hard apple cider and pinot grigio wine is quite an interesting combination; but it seemed to work.

I didn’t order it, but I was also curious about the Elderflower Lemonade!

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And here is something very important that I’d like to point out about Prima:

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You are going to laugh when I tell you what I was craving… goat cheese! I looked high and low on the menu and found nothing of the sort, so I had to choose something different. After running a couple of choices past our server, I settled on:

Linguine Alla SorrentinaLunch 12.95 & Dinner 13.95 Oven roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, spinach, aged Pecorino Romano

Linguine Alla Sorrentina ($13.95) – 0ven roasted tomatoes, fresh mozzarella, basil, spinach, aged Pecorino Romano… with chicken ($4.00)

I just had to get the chicken after reading the notes about their farm. The chicken was juicy and seasoned perfectly. The pasta was a lot more flavorful than expected. I tasted a lot of garlic in there!

Kim went all out for the salmon, which was actually very reasonable priced.

Grilled Norwegian Salmon18.95 (dinner only) Roasted garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, portabello salsa, lemon butter sauce

Grilled Norwegian Salmon ($18.95) – roasted garlic mashed potatoes, grilled asparagus, portabello salsa, lemon butter sauce

Rob was in heaven with his pasta, which we both found to be cooked perfectly all dente. No mushy pasta here!

Paglia e Fieno14.95 lunch & 15.95 dinner Fresh spinach & egg fettuccine, roasted fennel, sweet peas, Parmacotta ham, garlic cream

Paglia e Fieno ($15.95) – fresh spinach & egg fettuccine, roasted fennel, sweet peas, Parmacotta ham, garlic cream

And with that, hangriness was cured. Thank you, Prima!

Do you ever use Google Maps or another app to decide on where to dine or what to do?

Cheers~
Carrie

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One response »

  1. Those pasta dishes look amazing! I always see Prima pop up when I’m searching for a new place to try. Looks like I’ll actually have to give it a go soon!

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