“Date Night” with Lotsa Pesto

Last month, I went with Dan and Dork to Adega Wine Cellars and Cafe in nearby Silver Spring for dinner (our party was supposed to be larger, but our fourth was not feeling well at the time).

Adega serves mostly lighter fare… wraps, sandwiches, salads, flatbreads, burgers, and pasta. Dan and I tried their weekend wine and dine special (also known as their date night special), which allowed us to have an appetizer, two entrees, and a bottle of one of their featured wines for $35.00. Dork went with an entree of his own and had some of our appetizer and wine (Dan’s not really a wine person).

For our appetizer, we picked fried calamari… The pieces toward the back made me feel like I was eating a whole squid… (heh).

Fried Calamari

It was a little oily (as exhibited by the platters and the bottommost piece of the bottom photo), but otherwise good…well-balanced flavors and the squid wasn’t too chewy…

Fried Calamari (Up Close)

Both Dan and Dork chose the Penne Pesto with Chicken for their entrees… Both guys liked the dish, though I’d say Dork is the bigger pesto fan of the two…

Penne Pesto with Chicken

I went with the Greco Flatbread, pictured below.  Their flatbread is pizzalike and mine was loaded with pesto, veggies, and cheese.

Greco Flatbread

Definitely liked that the thin flatbread crust remained crispy all the same. A closer shot shows the pesto and veggies…

Greco Up Close...

For many items on Adega’s menu, it may be more cost-effective to get items a-la-carte, rather than taking up the date night special (unless the featured wine is on the more expensive side, and yes… wine can be). If the combination of what you want (appetizer, entrees, wine) works right, though, the date night special is well worth it…

A serendipitous find for me there that night was a small stash of Saranac...  Yep… they sell some beer along with all those wines…  😉

Another cool thing about Adega is if you purchase a wine from their store to go with your dinner, they’ll open it up and serve it to you. Their staff is also generally very friendly, and I what food I’ve tried so far, I’ve liked (mental note: try the eggplant or sweet potato fries sometime).  All-in-all, I’m perfectly willing to come back to Adega again, even though I rarely frequent DTSS venues due to an incident there a couple of years ago.

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About A. Random Hapa

Thirty-something. INFP. Librarian. Brain Tumor Survivor. Hobbyist Singer. Amateur Photographer. Foodie. Craft Beer Fan. Unrepentant geek.

Posted on October 17, 2009, in eating out, Uncategorized and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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