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A Perfect Evening

Thank you all SO much for your sweet anniversary wishes yesterday. After I posted yesterday afternoon, we got all gussied up for our first ever REAL anniversary dinner. Jason and I have been known to celebrate “anniversaries” for every possible milestone, but this time felt so different. What can I say, we love to celebrate.

We headed out to Pricci, an upscale Italian restaurant that got rave reviews from the rest of my family. The atmosphere of the restaurant was amazing, everything was so clean and contemporary feeling but still very comfortable.

The regular menu looked incredible, but I couldn’t resist the items that were on the smaller seasonal specials menu.

I started out with the Barini (at least I think that’s what it’s called…) for an appetizer, which was a light and delicious plate of heirloom tomatoes, cottage style mozzarella, and balsamic gelatin over crackers. The flavors were so fresh and vibrant, it was the perfect way to start a meal.

Next Jason and I shared the Pricci chopped salad which had amazing little cubes of meat and cheese and a divine creamy basil dressing that made the salad just right.

And for my entrée I ordered another item from the special menu, a creamy baby spinach and asparagus risotto topped with seared scallops. INCREDIBLE!

I wish I could have eaten the entire thing but I was already full from the appetizer, salad, and breads (I didn’t take a picture of the bread because we were too busy scarfing it down) so I only finished about half. I was also saving room for dessert, even though I knew we were having wedding cake when we got home, so I had the rest of this dish boxed up. Jason ordered the grilled lamb chops, which were served with an incredible mushroom sauce.

For dessert we ordered an assortment: one scoop of caramel gelato, one scoop of pistachio gelato, and one of blackberry sorbet.

They were all delicious, I could have eaten an entire bowl full. Overall, I HIGHLY recommend Pricci. Not just because the food is excellent (there are a ton of restaurants in Atlanta with excellent food) but because the prices and portion sizes are amazing for a restaurant of such high quality. The service is wonderful (as in like, they refold your napkin for you if you leave it on the table to go use the restroom) and you will feel like you’re eating somewhere that’s breaking the bank, except you won’t actually break the bank. We will definitely be returning here.

Yesterday I showed you a picture of Jason and I eating our first bite of cake at our wedding reception.

But what I didn’t tell you was that the bite you’re looking at was also our LAST. We had one tauntingly amazing bite of wedding cake before our attention was diverted to mingling with the rest of our guests. And unfortunately, someone donated all of our wedding cake leftovers to the restaurant staff, so we literally had none left. But one of the perks of having your mom bake your wedding cake is that you will always have the recipe! :)

And so I made us a fresh wedding cake! Who wants year old frozen cake anyways? 😛 We had a different flavor for each tier at the wedding, but the bite that we got to eat was my mom’s dark chocolate Kahlua cake. When we got home from Pricci, I went straight to making icing and decorating.

I made probably thousands of cakes for my mom’s bakery when it was still running from our house, but I’ve always been pretty bad at decorating. Not naturally bad, but I just never practice so my skills just stay at the same terrible level. I practiced for my wedding cake (which I hope is obvious) but I don’t decorate frequently enough to stay good at it. That means this cake was simple and maybe a little sloppy, don’t judge.

We dug in immediately, and it was deeelicious.

This may have to become an annual tradition.

All in all, it was an amazing day and I couldn’t have asked for more. Can’t wait for next year’s!

Thanks for reading!

-Lauren

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  • wherethedaytakesme July 18, 2011, 7:37 pm

    You two look wonderfully happy together.

  • Lee July 18, 2011, 7:37 pm

    This just reminded me that we totally forgot to eat cake on our anniversary. Oops!

    • lawfullyweddedwife July 19, 2011, 2:36 pm

      Haha, no worries, it’s not the most critical of traditions. I read somewhere that the saving the wedding cake thing began because it was supposed to be re-used it for the baby’s christening party! Strange! 😛

  • Jess (In My Healthy Opinion) July 18, 2011, 7:48 pm

    That cake looks incredible!!! You did a great job. You guys are so cute together! :)

  • failsweetly July 19, 2011, 1:40 am

    That cake looks good! I WANT!!!

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun July 19, 2011, 10:50 am

    That looks like an awesome anniversary celebration! I love finding places to dine that have the quality food and atmosphere but aren’t over the top $$$ or itty bitty portions. Thanks for the recommendation to Pricci.

    And that cake looks AMAZING!

  • Lauren July 19, 2011, 11:55 am

    Did your mom seriously make that cake in your wedding picture?! She is so talented!! And don’t sell yourself short, lady, your decorating skills look great. I kind of have “a thing” for risotto, so your dinner looks amazing to me :) Glad you two had such a good anniversary!

    • lawfullyweddedwife July 19, 2011, 2:32 pm

      Thank you! Actually my mom baked the wedding cake and I decorated it. :) A lot of work but totally worth it.

  • Jenny July 19, 2011, 1:04 pm

    Your cake looks wonderful!! And the icing on your cake looks soooooo delicious!! Is it buttercream?

    p.s. I just recently discovered your blog and…….I love it!

  • Sarah @ So You Like Mermaids January 31, 2012, 5:39 pm

    Wow that cake looks incredible! :) We didn’t keep any of our wedding cake – we had a gorgeous three-tiered cake…but the top two layers were just cardboard boxes that were iced and decorated 😉 and our guests devoured the bottom tier!

    So, making a new cake could be on the cards for our first anniversary…
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