If you enjoy rustic Italian cuisine, then you must try Bread & Tulips. No matter what kind of Italian food you are in the mood for, they have a pretty extensive menu with a real variety to choose from. Everything I tried (and I tried A LOT) was absolutely delicious.. The restaurant has a casual yet romantic feel to it, making a perfect venue for almost any occasion, whether it is a date night, an outing with friends or you are just plain hungry!
As soon as my friends and I sat down, we were greeted by our waitress Ashley, with some bread and olive oil to munch on while we decided on what to order. Many things on the menu looked appetizing which made it pretty difficult to single out a particular dish, so we decided to all order something different and share. We ended up with a nice variety of foods for all three courses.
We had three appetizers during our starter course. First up was crostini which is small slices of lightly toasted bread served with different spreads. You can get either one, three or five spreads. We picked three, which was the fava bean and walnut pesto, house made ricotta and butternut squash. They all had a deliciously unique taste, but I have to say that my absolute favorite was the fava bean and walnut pesto.
Our second appetizer was fried olives. I am always hesitant to have fried food, because I hate when places over fry the food to the point where all I taste is fried grease, however these were fried to perfection, so not greasy at all. The third appetizer we picked was grilled octopus with roast potatoes, olives and lemon confit. The octopus was lightly charred, which gave it a really rich taste and the potatoes were crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside, delicious. Even the parts of the octopus that I did not think I would like, I scoffed up!
Now it was time for our entrees. Truth be told, I was already starting to get full after overeating during the first course, but that did not stop me from eating more! Between us we decided upon three main courses, which were fettuccine veal bolognese, tagliatelle nero which is squid ink pasta with shrimp, mussels, calabrian peppers, lemon breadcrumbs and finally roasted farm chicken with green and yellow beans. I was so thrilled to be stuffing my face with an overwhelming amount of scrumptious food that while reaching for more, I knocked my whole glass of water over! Of course I was mortified, as the water flowed over the entire table and poured onto the floor. Our waitress and a bus boy rushed over to clear up the flood damage…..eek. What a great way to leave my mark, sorry Ashley! Thankfully I didn’t break the glass and even more importantly none of the water got on my food! (hehe)
Finally, it was time for dessert. At this point I felt like I was participating in an eating competition from all the food I had consumed, however that was not going to stop me from having dessert! Now…. get ready to drool (if you haven’t already). We had dark chocolate mousse with hazelnut gelato on top and a vanilla bean panacotta. Even though we were stuffed, we still somehow managed to devour both desserts. There wasn’t even anything left to scrape off of the plates.
Thank you to Bread & Tulips for providing our meal. All opinions are, as always, my own.