Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club International Dinner Italian Themed
By Mel Fabrikant Friday, October 25, 2013, 08:56 PM EDT
Under the direction of Paramus Sunrise Rotary Club's International Dinner Chairman Hemish Kapedia, seven members and five guests enjoyed an Italian dinner at Limoncello, 32 Franklin Turnpike in Waldwick. A BYOB ristorante, about a year old, the food was evident of the success that they are enjoying. To accommodate the small group. a special table arrangement was formed to give them privacy, but open to the restaurant.
Before even offering the multi-choice menu, the wait staff brought out various appetizer platters served family style accompanied by some deliciously warmed bread. One had a choice of butter pats or olive oil which was stationed around the large square table setup. Giving the group a chance to assemble and to chat prior to the menu offerings helped make the evening warm and friendly. Of course the assorted red and white wines that accompanied the group helped.
The mussels appetizer was tasty and needed bread to sop up the liquid surrounding them. Stuffed artichoke heart, eggplant rollatini and soup and salads were available. For the main course, be it vegetarian or not, there was a good selection from which to choose. Tilapia Danzis, Snapper Francais, Chicken in many different forms, Linguini Mussels, Spinach Ravioli and Rigatoni Vodka were a few of the items. Desserts were the kind that one wishes they could devour more: Caramelized Banana over vanilla ice cream, Coconut crusted apples over vanilla caramel sauce, Walnut crested ice cream with chocolate sauce and homemade tartufo.
In-between courses, the club diners had ample time to chat and to verbally frolic. Most fun was achieved at Rotarian Sharon "Thunder" Maloney and guest John Criscione's expense. Both being near to the same age, there was an effort made to have them date. Towards this end, each attendee was asked to donate money so that their date would come to fruition. Good natured sports, they went along with the gag and began to sit together.