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Pacci at The Brice in Savannah

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My recent whirlwind trip to Savannah began with a dinner meeting at the new boutique hotel, The Brice. Located just a block from River Street, the Kimpton property has been meticulously renovated in shades of gray and white, with modern furnishings and splashes of primary color.

The restaurant, Pacci, is casual gourmet Italian, with blond wood tables topped with plaid runners sitting on an intricately tiled floor. It proved itself as the place to be seen in Savannah as we ran into Jamie Deen, Paula’s son, before being seated.

After our drive from Atlanta, a glass of prosecco was in order. It was late and our cohorts had already been fed, but the four of us were ravenous. LC and his colleague KB and her boyfriend decided I should order appetizers for the table since I’m some sort of food expert, so I chose the porchetta crostini and Georgia flatbread to share.

Slow roasted herbed pork shoulder was served on toasted bread, then garnished with balsamic cipollini relish for a tasty start to our meal. Moments later, our server delivered the crispy flatbread, simply topped with vidalia onion, olive oil, and fresh ricotta. The flavor of the charred crust was the perfect compliment to the sublime cheese and sweet onions. Crazy good!

For entrees, LC ordered a half plate of the gemelli caserecce pasta with market vegetables, fresh parmesan, and Georgia shrimp because he knew I couldn’t resist the blueberry duck. Cooked medium-rare, the succulent breast was sliced and served with cauliflower puree, haricot vert, and a brandy blueberry reduction with a hint of sweetness. His pasta was delicious as well, with a generous portion of shrimp tossed in a light cream sauce.

Never ones to skip dessert, we ordered a traditional Italian tiramisu with forks for everyone. Then LC and I headed upstairs to our spacious room…I only wish we could have stayed longer!

The next morning we visited Pacci again for breakfast. We were in a hurry so we shared a panini stuffed with eggs, bacon, cheese and a flavorful roasted red pepper sauce and a bowl of berries and melon, intentionally eating light because in a few short hours we would be having lunch at The Lady and Sons, Paula Deen’s famous Southern buffet.

601 East Bay Street, Savannah 912-238-1200

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