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My husband and I went out to dinner with one of our favorite couples Sean and Kelly in the North End of Boston at a restaurant called Assiago. Sean worked with my husband at my husband’s old firm and they stayed in touch because they value their friendship and Kelly and I get along so well. I always look forward to our nights out at restaurants, Kelly and Sean have excellent taste in restaurants and we haven’t left disappointed ever.

I ate so much this evening, my belly is quite large and full, but it was so very, very tasty. We, as a table, shared a plate of hot antipasto and two orders of clams casino; clams baked with bacon, (everything and I mean everything tastes better with bacon) the hot antipasto platter offered fried calamari, arancini, lamb skewers and bruschetta; we devoured the entire platter between the four of us and the clams casino were gobbled up equally quickly. In between bites of food, we talked about children and dogs, but mostly about dogs. Sean and Kelly have a black Newfoundland puppy named Vader, she went to the vet for her weigh-in and she tipped the scales at 131 lbs, She isn’t even close to two years old so she is still growing, my husband and I reminisced over Rex, our 140 German Shepard who as everyone knows passed away, and then we regaled Sean and Kelly with Jack stories.

Our main courses came and I stopped talking, I had in front of me risotto a la pescatore or risotto with seafood, it was delicious; I had small mussels, littleneck clams, shrimp, and calamari with the risotto and it was wonderfully layered in flavors, spices and aromatics and creamy texture to boot. I loved it to the bottom of the plate. I think that everyone else at the table enjoyed theirs, I think.

We left the restaurant well sated and still laughing when my husband suggested we keep walking and see about finding dessert elsewhere. We found a nice gelateria and we indulged our sweet teeth, I had peach and tangerine, Kelly had lemon and chocolate, my husband had coconut and Sean ate his so fast, I don’t have a clue as to what he had.

We said our goodbye’s and promised to go out again in a month or so and I am already looking forward to it. I have such a nice time with them, they are such a nice couple and so funny.