Naturally, as the COVID restrictions began to be lifted it seemed right that Kappys, our very local Italian restaurant ( a few hundred metres from home) and which remains one of our favourites would be high on the agenda for a visit.
Booking, of course, as the Stage 3 restrictions were in place, we got along for an evening meal on a pretty chilly night which tempted us to a bottle of red, in this case an Italian from Chianti – Fratelli Nistri – Sangiovese with a little Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Canaiolo- strawberry and roses on the bouquet, tart cherries with a subtle smoky note on the palate. A very good introduction to the wines of Chianti.
The blackboarded specials included just the thing for a cool evening – steamed chilli mussels – and that proved to be an excellent choice – a large bowl of plump and juicy mussels swimming in a zesty chilli and tomato based sauce – my call for extra chilli in the dish heeded – and with a squeeze of lemon and crusty bread to mop it all up, it was spot on.
Next pasta with chicken, bacon and mushroom – al dente slippery pasta coated in a creamy sauce with plenty of succulent chicken, earthy mushroom and salty bacon – a large dish indeed that, despite best efforts, defeated us.
The size of the serves left no room for dessert so, with a glass or two left in the bottle we gathered that up and strolled on home. Another enjoyable and successful visit to this little neighbourhood gem and one we had been hanging out for since the world changed in March.