La Famigiia e Tutto! translates in Italian to “Family Is Everything!” I certainly got the sense that it is a true statement last night at the Treasure Coast Foodie event at Armani’s Cucina in downtown Vero Beach.
The Foodie meetup group was 40 members strong, and we settled in to order drinks from their extensive (and impressive) wine and cocktail menu. I ordered a glass of the Epic Run, a zippy and crisp Sauvignon Blanc from New Zealand. This is often my go-to varietal, and my husband had one of their beers on tap. Although I had eaten at Armani’s for lunch once before, I was excited to try it again, especially after reading that they were just honored as the Golden Forks Awards Restaurant of the Year!
Our host for the evening, Thomas Miller, aka “The Foodie Guy” addresses the group with information about his latest articles and upcoming events.
In the meetup this time was a small appetizer plate. Although it’s no small feat to plate and serve 40 appetizers at once, we got our apps within minutes of sitting down.
Pear and Gorgonzola Fiocchi– served in a creamy alfredo sauce drizzled with truffle oil. These small “pasta purses” had that al dente firmness on the outside edges, and an explosion of flavor on the inside. Not overpowering, but nicely balanced.
Calamari– Lightly dusted and fried, with a dash of cherry peppers and Peruvian peppers. We all have had calamari that is rubbery… this is the opposite of that, and something I will order again.
Bruschetta– The crisp toasted bread is topped with cherry tomatoes (very fresh) with creamy burrata, and a pesto drizzle
Next time, I will order one of their New York style pizzas (The Ruculetta has my name written all over it!) and if I’m feeling particularly gluttonous, I will finish up with a Nutella Calzone for dessert!