Wednesday, June 02, 2010

Italian Food in Southwestern ND

Our family just went out for dinner with our friend Kelly, and we tried a new restaurant that was great! The Days Hotel Grand Dakota Lodge and Conference Center recently completed a construction project that added suites and conference rooms to the east side of the building but that also included some interior remodeling and redecorating. In the process, its restaurant The Red Pheasant became The Spaghetti Western, and its menu changed from offering standard hotel restaurant fare to featuring fine Italian cuisine.

Hillary had an Italian meatloaf sandwich on ciabatta bread. Suzanna and Susan shared two items: a tossed salad with pepperoni and fresh mozzarella cheese and a dish of gnocchi with shrimp and mushrooms in a wine sauce. Abigail and I shared two items: deep-fried artichoke hearts with a cheesy tomato sauce for dipping, and a Monte Cristo-style sandwich that had mozzarella, pancetta, and basil leaves on bread with the whole thing dunked in batter and deep-fried and served with a marinara sauce for dipping. Kelly had the gnocchi, too, and the six of us shared three desserts: a chocolate lava cake, a turtle cheesecake (with chocolate, walnuts, and caramel sauce), and a frosted brownie served à la mode.

Sound delicious? Well, it was! Next time you're in Dickinson, we'd be happy to take you there for a meal. If we go on a weekend night, we could have their risotto or a slab of their slow-roasted prime rib and then walk across the hall to the Dakota Lounge for a pitcher of their famous Long Island tea. Just sayin'.

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