The Missus and I spent the past week in Park City, Utah, at a vacation rental home on a hillside overlooking Main Street. As many of you know, Park City is a beautiful town nestled in the Wasatch Mountain Range. It is a ski mecca, home of the Sundance Film Festival, and all-around fantastic place to be at any time of the year. And it has some great restaurants. We mostly cooked, but on the last night of our vacation, the Missus and I splurged at Grappa, the Italian restaurant you see above. The best thing by far was the location. The staircase you see to the right side of the photo goes up the hillside about 100 yards, and our vacation home was at the top--so it was a short and convenient walk. They sat us on the white-canopied balcony, seen in the above photo on the third floor. Here is the view from the balcony:
This photo shows that we were right at the tree line, and the wind blowing through the leaves of the aspens made for a wonderful soundtrack to our meal. The photo also shows you the excellent osso bucco I ordered. I love a good osso bucco, and it's one of the few dishes I set aside my ethical qualms for (it being veal and all). It was served with a creamy polenta, brussels sprouts, and crispy pancetta. It was wonderful. I enjoyed it with a glass of full-bodied '05 Avignonesi Vino Nobile di Montepulciano.
While in Park City we also enjoyed time spent with family, viewed a Main Street 4th of July parade, made a side trip to Lagoon (the amusement park I grew up going to) and had a good old fashioned water fight.
Back to the real world. Sigh. Maybe I'll make some osso bucco this weekend. Keep the memories alive.