Long time readers will know of my feelings for Isabellas. My last review of the restaurant is here. Well just want to say that I have eaten there a couple of times since then, including dinner over the weekend and its still at the top of my list in places to dine in Frederick. It’s great with a bunch of people, all sampling the dishes. They’ve added wines and have weekly wine specials. Of note last night (besides the usual standards I love) was the portobello mushroom with greens and hazelnut cream and the artichoke tops with crabmeat and saffron butter. The latter looked so good that I could see Mrs. F weighing the risks of anaphylactic shock over trying them.
The warm bread pudding with caramel was great and I think the baklava was pretty good as well, but I didn’t get a chance to fully taste it as the Fredlings devoured it.
Interesting article in today’s Frederick News Post about wine dinners at Isabellas. Anyone ever been? I might have to go especially as the next one is with Italian wine.
UPDATE: I found the menu:
May 19, 2008
Five Course Wine Dinner
Featuring The Wines of Antinori of Italy
“Pineapple” Schmitz from Ste Michelle Wine Estates
May 19, Monday, 2008 7:30 P.M.
44 North Market Street, Frederick, MD
Pesto Torta di Formaggio
Pesto Cheesecake with Marinated White Bean and Shrimp Salad
Antinori Orvieto Camporgrande, 06
Caprese Fresca Insalata
Fresh Mozzarella and Tomato Salad with Basil and Extra Virgin Oil Olive
Antinori Bramito del Cervo Chardonnay, 06
Homemade Pasta Pillows Filled with Lobster and Cheese Tossed with a Creamy Tomato Sauce
Villa Antinori Toscana Red, 03
Ripieno di Vitello
Tender White Veal Stuffed with Mushrooms Walnuts & Prosciutto Simmered in a Rosemary Demi Glaze
Antinori Peppoli Chianti Classico , 03
Sweet Marsla Wine Custard with Fresh Strawberries
Tormaresca Bucco di Lupo, 03
Alas, looks like a no go as Mrs. Fred is dangerously allergic to shrimp and lobster.