One of my forever BFF’s and I decided to take a long drive south on the Pacific Coast Highway (affectionately known as ‘the PCH’). Driving south on the PCH is reminiscent of cruising along a European coastline. The ocean’s breath is your constant starboard companion while inland, our eyes are treated to views of beautiful Spanish-style homes scattered along hills and small cliffs. All of which is surrounded by eucalyptus and palm tress protecting and beautifying the landscape.
Those familiar with the PCH know that heading south took us through the beautiful beach side towns of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Encinitas and many more until our final destination of La Jolla.
This sun-filled, ocean-filled drive was just the energy I needed to caress and nourish my soul. But now we needed nourishment that was more culinary in nature. Yes, food!
As we drove around the little town of La Jolla we stumbled upon an Italian restaurant called Catania. Curious, we ventured in to survey the layout. To my surprise this unassuming little second-floor restaurant was like being in a villa overlooking the Mediterranean Sea. It hosted several views of its quaint La Jolla surroundings with the Pacific Ocean peaking through the tall buildings in the near distance.
Prosecco with a view
Perched on stools along tables of the balcony, I ordered a glass of Prosecco, and enjoyed the view and wet my appetite.
Appetite whetted, I started with an appetizer of broccolini, grilled cauliflower with a light drizzle of pesto and topped with bread crumbs. Add to that a perfectly cooked Butternut Squash topped with a light sprinkle of brown sugar and all I can say is, “WOW!” The many flavors blended to perfection.
Squid ink delight
For my main course I chose a squid ink pasta dish called,_____, to which I added jumbo shrimp. For complexity and intrigue the dish also incorporated pinto beans, parsley, bread crumbs, and the ‘special sauce’… chili oil. “Garcon, another glass of Prosecco please!”. The sweet, from the Prosecco and spicy from the chili oil paired perfectly.
End it with a cuppa
I brought this feast to a proper finish with a small biscotti and an Italian latte. Perfect ending to a perfect day! It’s no wonder ‘south’ is my favorite direction on the PCH.