Teresa Caffe has a more casual artsy feel to it than the other Terra Momo restaurants. Their menu ranges from salads and gourmet pizza to regular dinner entrees. It is very popular among the Princeton University crowd and very international. We have dined over the years next to people from all over the world. The restaurant also has a very extensive wine selection, listed nicely in a multi page leather bound book. We have had many of our best wines at Teresa, and have actually searched for and bought some of them afterwards for further enjoyment at home.
Upon entering the restaurant, we were immediately greeted by friendly people. The manager, Carlos, quickly came to say hello to us with a huge smile and a handshake. He even brought Mom a chair to sit in while we waited. How is that for consideration!Theresa, our server for the evening, also came over with her usual big bright smile and said hello. It ‘s only a coincidence that her name is “Theresa”, but as you can see, she uses the “h”. We have been served by Theresa a few times before and have always had great times with her. She is warm, down-to earth, vibrant and full of life. What a nice mixture of qualities. She really goes out of her way to make people feel relaxed and pampered. Last ngiht was especialy nice.
We both felt like white wine last night. Carlos recommended the Italian Gavi- Vendemmia 2008. It was an excellent white wine with a nice delicate flavor- perfect for summer drinking. Ren and I both “pre-balanced” out our eating during the day so we could eat a lot last night. Needless to say, we were famished by the time we got to Teresa Caffe. Everything on the menu last night looked and sounded great. To start, Mom ordered the onion soup with carrots and cheese and she was pleasantly satisfied. We also ordered two appetizers. The first one was Polpette, which consists of Simply Grazin‘ COGF beef and natural pork meatballs, pepperonata sauce and gruyere cheese. The taste of these meatballs and sauce really is heaven. The cheese really adds a nice element to them as well. How can you go wrong with cheese!
Our other appetizer, the Quattro Formaggi, really brought Mom and me back to long ago – well not so long. They were zucchini blossoms, stuffed with 4 cheeses, delicately battered and lightly fried and served with tomato coulis. Phenomenal taste! Growing up in a Mexican household, I remember going out to the garden and picking the male zucchini flowers while the flower was still spread open. The flower blossoms close up as the morning passes. The male flowers are the ones that will not turn into a zucchini, so they are the ones that are used in cooking. Mom would prepare them, Mexican style, by stuffing them with muenster cheese, dipping them in an egg batter and frying them. Mmm good! This was Ren’s first time eating a flower, ever! This was a landmark event for Ren and he loved them. Over the last several years, since meeting me, he has become a very adventurous eater. I’ve created a world class food connoisseur.
For dinner we all ordered the Grilled Strip Steak, prepared medium rare. We were introduced to Chef Luis Martinez the last time we were at Teresa Caffe and he made sure he had this steak on the menu for us for last night. Thank you, Chef Luis! The steak was marinated in olive oil, rosemary and garlic and we tasted a hint of cumin. It was topped with cranberry mustard glaze which really increased the flavor even more. The taste was absolutely amazing and the steak was cooked to perfection. We all had lightly sauteed spinach as a side. It was also served with a wonderful Avocado Salpicon, which consisted of avocado, grape tomatoes, red onion, cucumber and fresh mint. We love avocados and I could have eaten this all day. It was phenomenal. We are definitely going to try making this at home for summer parties.
For dessert, Mom ordered the Tiramisu, which kept her on cloud nine as she ate it with a smile. Ren and I tried a teenie bit, but our dessert was a quadruplet tasting of dessert wines. They were presented in fluted dessert wine glasses, and Theresa even placed them in the order in which we should drink them. They were, in order of appearance: Jacopo Poli Moscato Grappa, San Marco Moscato d’Asti, Coppo Brachetto d’acqui and Macualan Torcolato. What a nice finale to the meal.
Theresa and Carlos really went all out, as always, to make last night an evening to remember. Carlos is Portuguese and moved to the United States several years ago. The last time we went to Teresa, we mentioned to him that Ren and I took Mom to Portugal in May for her landmark birthday present. We also told him that we created a coffee table photo book of our trip. He asked for us to bring it last night and we did. Boy, his face really lit up as he reminisced about his home country while he looked through the book. Theresa was also captivated as she looked at our book. Who knows, Portugal may soon have a flood of people visiting there very soon!
To put everything in a nutshell. Last night will go down in history as one of our best experiences at Teresa Caffe. We all laughed and chatted and really had a wonderful evening.
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