It was an early evening mid-week and we decided to go for a quick dinner somewhere nearby. Since it was still not quite autumn, we took advantage of one of the last days of warm weather and wanted to eat outdoors so we ended up at La Pappardella Sul Mare
in Laguna Village
. We had been to this restaurant a few times during the summer when it stayed bright till late. The other day, we arrived before eight just in time to watch the sun set on the horizon and have an early dinner. We all wanted something simple to start and shared a pizza bread (thin-crust pizza topped with tomato sauce and garlic) and a tomato mozzarella salad. I prefer pizza without cheese so this type of tomato-pizza-bread is what I always order – it’s actually a pizza margherita
without the cheese.
To follow, we all had pasta – gnocchi Sorrentina (with tomato and mozzarella sauce), spaghetti bolognese, spaghetti aglio, oglio e peperoncino con gamberoni (with prawns in garlic, chili and olive oil) and my all-time favorite spaghetti alle vongole (clams in white wine, garlic and olive oil). All were al dente and quite good. It started to get chilly so after finishing our dinner we went straight home.
La Pappardella is a nice option in this part of town and an ideal place for an al fresco lunch but get ready for the usual steep prices that come with having a table outdoors overlooking the Mediterranean. The view is amazing but it doesn’t come cheap – at least the food is good.