Wow! It’s been a LONG time since my last post and so much has happened since then. I’ll start with last year. Last October, Glenn and I decided to open a restaurant. Sounds crazy, I know! However, Glenn has been in the restaurant business for many years and his family owned various restaurants for most of his life. Glenn and his father eventually became partners over a twelve year span until their restaurant was sold. Since then, Glenn has often made mention of opening a restaurant with a concept similar to the restaurant he and his father previously owned: a small, family owned Italian restaurant with a fine dining flourish. Over the years that idea gained momentum in both of our minds. When the space that Glenn and his father’s original restaurant was in became available to lease last October we decided to go for it!
Which brings us to the present day: Scarpa’s Italian has been open for almost 8 months! Everything is settling into place and things are going better than we ever could have hoped for! If you are looking for me these days you will find me at Scarpa’s Italian. I’ll be there refilling drinks, running food, seating people, answering the phone, making salads, and even sometimes washing dishes. However, I did leave out my favorite thing to do: I love to bake many of our desserts! I simply love it! Baking has been a hobby of mine for several years now and I have literarily hundreds of cookbooks (I say literally with no exaggeration). I have no formal culinary training and basically taught myself the art of baking through my collection of cookbooks and trial and error. I have thrown away almost as many of my creations as I have served over the years. My family is used to hearing me say “it didn’t turn out right” or “its not moist enough.” My admission of self-proclaimed defeat in the kitchen is always matched by a familiar scream from the dining room: “DON”T THROW IT AWAY, WE WILL EAT IT!” Clearly my family loves to eat! a bit more