Segafredo at Novo-Centro,
Calle Lope de Vega #29
Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
When? March 7th 2011
Who? Maria, High School Best Friend
What? Segafredos’ Tuesday Happy Hours Until Midnight
I’m not a drinker, but sometimes at social events, meetings or dinners, I might indulge in a glass of wine or an adult beverage of my choosing. That night I had 2 Lime Daiquiris. I was craving something cool and refreshing and this sounded perfect. The 1st drink was balanced with an ending note of tartness and it was noticeable that it was fresh lime juice used; the 2nd, not so much. I was probably 80% alcohol and the rest juice. Makes me wonder if bartenders measure/take notice of how much alcohol they are pouring into each drink?
We ordered a Focaccia for the table to share. Focaccia, in my humble opinion, is a flat oven-baked bread, chewy and perfect for dipping in oils. Not even close. It’s Bread. Bread normally has some sort of crumb structure, correct? Please correct me if I’m wrong, but bread and crackers are different products. This Focaccia at Segafredo was a crispy, rosemary infused delicious cracker. Not Focaccia Bread. Yes, I get annoyed at menus that offer one thing and deliver another. I bet I’m not the only one either. Served with a small bottle of olive oil (mixed with Balsamic I’m assuming) and a small bowl of Parmesan Cheese (the green bottle kind).
We shared a Lasagna and I wish we hadn’t! It was that good! It was perfectly seasoned, with layers of stewed ground beef, tomato sauce, bechamel sauce and what I think were homemade pasta noodles if I’m not mistaken. As you stuck your fork and had a piece, you wish that it would magically reappear so as it never ended. Serve unceremoniously, with no decoration but a fried basil leaf, it needed nothing more, nothing less. I’m going to stop writing about it, it’s making me so hungry.
If you have a chance, visit Segafredo in its new location and enjoy a fun time with friends. Modern decorations and very impressive bar.
p.s. Only in Dominican Republic: When the bar closes and you still have a drink in front of you, they will bring plastic cups for you to carry-out your drinks in. Something you can probably only do in Vegas!
What do you think Focaccia should be like? What’s your favorite Italian bread?