Scopa is pretty renowned among Wellingtonians, I'm led to believe, and they tick the Italian pizza/pasta box. Somewhat amusingly (I've never done this before!) I managed to come away with photos of other people's food but not my own - oops! Anyway, we had some calamari fritte, which were the only appetiser for the table so the waitress asked about timing and we had everything arrive together - it's the little things that make the difference! The calamari were lovely, nicely peppered batter and juicy calamari inside - and yummy tartare sauce. My main was the intriguing sounding beef cheek ravioli, which was full-flavoured, though a little too rich for me - it would have been perfect as a starter or with something else, though. Mr Cake chose the Gamberetti pizza, which featured prawns under the mountain of rocket. He really loved this - the prawns were succulent and the rocket made it less like a plate full of bread and more like a balanced meal, maybe. ;-) Baby Sister Cake, who happened to be visiting us, had the Salsiccia, with Italian sausage, capsicum and red onion, and assured me it was very tasty - it certainly looked and smelled good.
Aside from having great service, and doing a great job of accommodating the dietary requirements of our group (the vegetarian commented it was difficult to choose, as there were quite a few options for him where there are often only one or two) Scopa has another great feature; you can watch the pizzas being made. The pizza prep area is basically in the middle of the restaurant, behind the counter, so you can watch the dough being spun and stretched and see them flinging ingredients on in a seemingly random fashion but turning out great-looking pizzas.
Anyway, I bet you're dying to know who won my chocolate competition! Firstly, thanks so much to everyone who did the survey - there were so many lovely comments and also some great ideas that I can hopefully build into upcoming posts. There were exactly 50 entrants, so I told random.org to give me a number between 1 and 50:
And then checked against the list of email addresses to see who was number 21:
To protect Debbie from you lot begging her for chocolate I've obscured the rest of her email address, but if your name is Debbie and you entered the competition I may be sending you a congratulatory email shortly. ;-) And thanks again to everyone for sharing your opinions!
Scopa is located on the corner of Cuba Street and Ghuznee Street, Wellington, ph 04 384 6020, www.scopa.co.nz