The third in a five-part series of free meals took bride-to-be cousin and I up into the mountains of Faqra, to People Restaurant at the Faraya Country Club. I'll admit that I was expecting a bit more from this Aishti-run restaurant. Perhaps it was the construction work happening next to it that took away from what should have been a calm, tranquil environment. The food, however, was delicious. Comfort food without any nick-nacks of fanciness. My beef fillet was perfectly medium done, and bride-to-be cousin couldn't stop raving about her penne with truffle oil and cep sauce. But it was the wine that had me most impressed - that and the rosemary and garlic pizza bread. A bottle of Capitel Croce 2002 by Italian winemaker Roberto Anselmi, regarded as one of Italy's leading white-wine producers. It's a 100% Garganega varietal, which is an Italian grape grown in the Veneto region of north-east Italy. I put my stamp of wine-loving approval on it. It's not every day that a white wine still makes you show a thumbs-up after eight years of maturity.
My beef fillet with yummy Bernaise sauce. And the delicious glass of Anselmi wine.
The 2006 version of the 2002 vintage we enjoyed.