January 28th, 2010
Well, I’m coming up on my last days on the Italian station. The Italian station has been a thorn in my side, but I’ve learned a lot. I came into it thinking it was going to be a breeze (as this was the station I manned for my work study). But that is a longish story which distracts from the caption for this beautiful sandwich, the VLT. It’s a twist on the BLT. The ‘bacon’ is made from eggplants and I absolutely LOVE it.
This is another big seller in the Italian station…the burger. It’s a portobello burger on a rosemary bun dressed with a basil aioli and garnished with a pickled cucumber (developed by my classmate, Anjela). It’s served with ketchup, mayo, and a side of cheesy kale chips.
These are the wonderful red pepper raviolis. They are stuffed with a walnut pesto, served with a sage cream, and garnished with marjoram leaves.
The pizza bianco is a creamed spinach and pine nut pizza served warm(ish).
Probably our biggest seller is the CANNELONI. This is my favorite. The burger definitely gives it a run for it’s money though. I feel like I’ve gotten pretty in tune with the cannelonis during my tenure. They will undoubtedly be part of my repertoire in some fashion. I think the canneloni might be the highlight of my Italian experience. The lowlight is probably the prep. OY! The prep. This station is a LOT more work than it was for the last menu.
Truth be told, I kind of crashed and burned on this station last Friday. It was ugly. It was a long and sordid tale involving the prep and typical restaurant drama. I think anyone who has ever worked in a restaurant can probably fill in the gaps. I can tell you that I haven’t played my guitar at all this week because I have cuts on three fingers. I didn’t think it was that obvious, but the other day MK laughed at me from across the restaurant. ‘Looks like you’ve been having some issues with your knife there.’ DOH! Anyway, this is a little tribute to J (Jason, but everyone calls him J) who saved my flaming butt last Friday. I think a lot of people would have lost their cool in that situation. Not J though. I’m still trying to figure out if he’s in a band or not. I’ve heard conflicting accounts.