Vanilla Caramel Budino
I’m not going to lie. This is the best pudding I’ve ever eaten in my life. I know you’re thinking Paula it’s just pudding. Oh no no no no no no no no (did you see me waving my finger and shaking my head ’cause I was). It’s Vanilla Caramel BUDINO (okay still pudding but much sexier in Italian) and my eyes rolled back into my head when I tasted this. Let me back up a bit. Sus and I took a little trip to Beverly Hills a few weekends back. We holed up at the posh Beverly Wilshire (you know the one where they filmed THE Pretty Woman) and had planned on eating as much ridiculously good food as possible.
When I found out that Scott Conant had a restaurant there (SCARPETTA) we knew we HAD to go. You see I kinda have a thing for Mr. Conant. You may know him as the judge from Chopped that HATES red onions. Don’t you dare try to feed that man red onions. LOL. I also hear he has a thing for Reeses Pieces. But that’s another story. My intention going in was to try his pasta. I hear he’s pretty magical at making pasta. I won’t keep you in suspense, he puts his money where his mouth is. It was MAGICAL.
Earlier that day we had already inhaled a pizza bigger than we are plus a cake from Duff’s Cake Mix so yeah we were already stuffed. Going in we were thinking JUST a plate of pasta and maybe a glass of wine (or at least I was). The restaurant had other plans for us. Nicole the sweet General Manager came out to greet us and welcome us to the restaurant. When we saw the tasting menu we knew we HAD to do it. We chose the 4 course. The chef had other plans. I’m thinking they were just happy to see girls eating in Beverly Hills. Apparently that doesn’t happen often ; ) All told we had 8 courses. It was one amazing dish after another. If you follow me on INSTAGRAM you saw it all. I’ll be making the truffle pasta we had SOON. Chef Freddy Vargas came out (twice no less) and shaved an obscene amount of truffles on our pasta. I like a man who’s heavy handed with truffles don’t you? Until I can get my hands ehem save up for a truffle the other dish that I KNEW I had to make was the vanilla caramel budino.
I’m talking eyes rolling back in your head, When Harry Met Sally going on good. Don’t thank me, thank Scarpetta. If you have a chance to get to one of the many Scarpetta restaurants just DO IT. I think I’m going to be a mission to get to all of them. Someone has to and why not me. Who knows maybe I’ll even run into Mr. Conant and we can chat in Italian. Oh, you might consider wearing loose clothing. You’ll thank me.
Also if you’re a detail person like me, you might have noticed that things around the blog have been a little brighter lately. Those bright and beautiful table linens you’ve seen (pictured above) are from Pine Cone Hill. They sent me a few samples to try out and clearly I love them. They’re fun and fantastically made. How would YOU like to have some? One of YOU lucky readers is going to get to try some out for size as well!
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Disclaimer: We paid our own way for dinner at Scarpetta. It was THAT good and that’s why I re-created the dish. I was not compensated or asked to write a review. Opinions as always are mine. Giveaway is sponsored by Pine Cone Hill. I was not compensated for this post.
Recipe slightly adapted and printed with permission from Scarpetta Beverly Hills Restaurant.