Palomino: Rustic European Cusine

I love a good dinner out, but then again who doesn’t? Needless to say I’m always thrilled when I can partner with local places to feature their dinning menu on the blog (truly is my favorite part of blogging besides styling, yeah I’m a total foodie at heart!). Now truth be told if it was up to Brain that’s what I would be blogging about, delicious food and charming restaurants!! Well what’s best is when we can combine work with pleasure and call our dinner out an actual date!

Last Friday we went to Palomino an upscale italian chain that serves heavenly thin-crust pizzas and other enticing Italiano style dishes!! Palomino is located in the heart of downtown Indy in a busy corner. They have such an authentic feel and a lovely setting, one that makes you feel cozy and intimate, perfect for a date night or a fun cocktail hour (the bar area is also super cute and inviting!!). We initially planned on having our meal outside but were surprised with a chilly evening so we had appetizers outside and dinner inside.

We found out about an appetizer that is not featured in the menu however anyone can order it. It’s a known appetizer by Palomino’s regulars and just became our favorite too! The Vincenzo Crisp. It’s sour pizza crisps topped with olive oil and sun-dried tomatoes. It’s served with Cambozola and goat cheeses, roasted garlic bulbs and a sweet tomato chutney. We couldn’t get enough of the tomato chutney (tastes like a sweet and spicy jelly) with goat cheese on the sour crisp…oh by just the thought of it makes my mouth water!!!

We also shared the Seafood Louie Salad (Dungeness crab, poached prawns,
cucumber, avocado, asparagus, tomato, eggs and a yummy light dressing). I had the H3 cab and Brian had a Vodka/OJ mix to go along.

Once we headed inside for a cozier time together we ordered dinner.

I started with a Portabela Mushroom soup. I love mushroom and was told by our lovely waiter this is one of the oldest dishes in the house along with my main entree of Asiago Almong Crusted Scallops – lemon asparagus risotto,
toasted almonds, lemon beurre blanc. If you’re into a lemony taste you’ll love this dish! Scallops cooked to perfection!

Brian had the Charred Kale Salad – golden raisins,
quinoa, pumpkin seeds, sweet truffle vinaigrette,
Pecorino Romano. Followed by a custom Ribeye steak!

For Dessert I had the Palomino Chocolate Tiramisu: espresso infused chocolate cake, mascarpone, zabaglione, crumbled biscotti. And Brian had the Almond Crusted Limoncello Cake: blueberry gelato, house made lemon curd, fresh blueberries. Interesting fact: Our favorite Homemade, family owned ice cream shop is the one who provides Palomino’s ice cream! Extra bonus for supporting the amazing local peeps!!!

Neither of us could finish our desserts so full we were! Needless to say kiddos had a sweet feast!!!

Now shall we talk about the look?!!! I must confess I was super excited to wear fall clothes. This lightweight polka dotty blouse was my go to (did I mention it’s only $17). Simple, chic and understated. In my humble opinion it was a great option for dinner out. Also can’t go wrong with a pair of good leather pants, or leatherette if you prefer, invest in a pair this season if you can. Nude heels seal the deal!!

Finally I want to thank Palomino for hosting us and making us feel like VIP’s! What a great time we had surrounded by delicious food and AMAZING service! Huge thanks to Shelly Ruth Photography for partnering with us for this post! Lastly thanks Shein for providing me with great clothing pieces!!

Hope this post inspired my Indy peeps to get out and enjoy our beautiful town! Happy fall my friends 🙂




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