My first full day back in Victoria was pretty much perfect. It started with a leisurely morning of hanging out with the family, moved on into an afternoon meetup for coffee and snacks with my sister and three dear friends, and was capped off by a delicious dinner at Pagliacci’s, my favourite Victoria restaurant and today’s official bringer of happiness (and trust me when I say that there were MANY from which to choose!).
I’ve eaten here so often throughout the years, more times than I could possibly count – its very atmosphere is saturated with memories and experiences and defining moments from my personal history. Walking through those front doors, inhaling the heady fragrance of pasta and fresh bread, seeing that unchanged cityscape mural and those bumpy terracotta-coloured walls – it all feels like coming home. Pagliacci’s is my happy place.
On the culinary end of things, they make the best – and I do mean the best, Best, BEST – focaccia bread I’ve ever tasted, served in baskets that are whisked away when empty and replaced with full…
…which makes it a challenge to save room for my favourite dish (the “Hemingway Short Story”), a delectable blend of tortellini and bacon and cream sauce goodness. Somehow, though, I always seem to manage.
What a fabulous start to my trip! A happy day indeed.
What made you happy today?