We invited our friends Carol and Mike over for dinner Saturday night. The Nuggets were scheduled to start play-off at 6:30, so my dinner menu needed to be mostly prepared in advance with minimal cooking after guests arrived at 5:00. I decided on a Rick Bayless short rib recipe, L.A. Potato Salad that was in the refrigerator by noon and ready to go, and my most favorite Berry and spinach salad.
Carol, (hereinafter referred to as the Flan-ista) impressively prepared Pat Argall’s famous Cream Cheese Flan. Carol also brought some amazing Marcona Almonds. The Marcona Almond recipe is adapted from an original recipe from Ubuntu Restaurant in the San Francisico Bay area
Our friend Dan, suggested that we try out Uniscali Restaurant in Castle Rock. So Friday night, we did exactly that! Apparently owned by the same folks as Union, also in Castle Rock, and Ya Ya’s in Greenwood Village, it sounded like we were in for a treat. And a treat it was.
An unexpectedly urban place in Castle Rock, the food is quite good. The small plates are outstanding. Ambiance was loud and active, but not detracting. The place was packed. The wines were inexpensive and uniformly drinkable and good. Good value for our money. Everything considered I’d give it good marks and would go back.
The Uniscali Mixed Green Salad with roasted red peppers, fresh mozzarella and farro, tossed with pine nut vinaigrette was outstanding! Kathy managed to get this recipe and can’t wait to try this emulsified dressing.
I chose a special, Gnocchi topped with Sea Scallops and Smoked Paprika Cream – I was very pleased.