A favorite local restaurant has been closed following a fire. We’re hoping it reopens, but we don’t know when.
For now, we have only memories like these recorded in this photograph. A partially eaten portion of Eggplant Rollatini makes my mouth water. It was a light dish with some mild ricotta cheese rolled up in a slice of eggplant. Topped with tomato sauce and stringy mozzarella cheese, it is an example of Italian gastronomy: a few ingredients, prepared expertly. You could call it vegetarian, but why bother?
The rest of the table is a “Still Life”. The lone olive discarded after flavoring a Martini along with a pickled onion that escaped the skewer; Plus, Croutons leftover from a Caesar Salad prepared table-side. The memories are delicious.