Monday, April 06, 2009
Finding a way to have a nice meal while attending the Wisconsin Film Festival
I really like both the food and the ambience at Osteria Papavero on East Wilson Street just off the Capitol Square -- including this old espresso machine and the shadows it casts in the corner. Apparently I'm not alone.
Seeing a full schedule of films at the Wisconsin Film Festival and also trying to have a nice meal now and then can be a challenge. Sometimes you just have to do the fast food thing. (Our fastest turnaround was Saturday night -- there was a Civic Symphony concert at the Overture Center and the downtown was just swarming with people -- when we got out of Noodles & Company in under 20 minutes.) But Thursday night we had a better schedule, with plenty of time for a leisurely dinner. Osteria Papavero provided a warm atmosphere in which to decompress on a rainy night. Warmed by two Negronis (equal parts of gin, sweet vermouth and Campari), we watched the rain splatter outside and shared memories of our favorite parts of The Beaches of Agnes. The entrees were excellent, and we had time to savor them before going on to our next movie. I had the scallops special. At the risk of seeming hopelessly gauche, I have to confess that the sauce was so good that it took all the self-discipline I could muster not to lick the plate. We went out into the rainy night totally revitalized.