Saturday, 14 June 2008

Italia Be Allright On The Night

Sore heads this morning at blog towers following a most enjoyable night of football, food and wine.

First up was Italy v Romania at the wonderful Stef's Italian restaurant. The screen was pretty big, very easy to see and there was lots of space

I'd heartily recommend Stef's as a venue for Italy v France next week but would advise getting there in plenty of time for that must-win game.

As it was the last day of our footballing holiday (back to work next week as the games all kick-off at 19.45BST from tomorrow) I decided to eat and drink well.

I kicked off with the Antipasto Misto:

Italy started well and created a number of chances but Luca Toni did little to suggest how he's scored 39 goals last season at Bayern and 31 goals in a season at Fiorentina - "better service" was our Italian hosts' verdict.

Romania were much improved on their previous game with Mutu looking sharp in particular, creating a number of chances.

Our hosts were jubilant at Buffon's late penalty save as they knew they'd had a close shave and as the final whistle blew we left pretty quickly to make the short trip to Manouche.

The small cellar cafe-bar on Goodge St provided a similarly authentic atmosphere. Our generous and very friendly French host providing us with all the best that France has to offer:

On the field the team were equally generous to their Dutch opponents. France were much improved over their previous performance but still sloppy and work-shy in places. The Dutch were in scintillating form and look to be strong contenders for the championship.

Today I'm off to the Nordic bar to sample the meatballs and the Kopparberg fruit cider, Skal!

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