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WEEK FORTY-SEVEN MENU: February 9 - 14

LOVE LETTER TO ITALY – Let me count the ways… INSALATA DI PROSCIUTTO E ACETO BALSAMICO (Emilia-Romagna / Central) Salad of winter greens, prosciutto, pine nuts, parmigiano & balsamic vinaigrette   BIGOLI ALLA SALSICCIA LUGANEGA (Veneto / North) Thick homemade extruded spaghetti with sausage ragu   MELANZANNE ALLA PARMIGIANA (Calabria / South) Baked eggplant parmesan with fresh tomato sauce & for di latte mozzarella   CANNOLI (Sicilia / Islands) Cannoli chips with whipped ricotta cream & chocolate chips Featured wine:  Vino Nobile di Montepulciano, La Braccesca, 2016 Read more... Chef's Travel Notes This affair has lasted well over fifty years. My love has never waned, in fact, it has grown stronger with time. Italy is my happy place. Nostalgia for better...

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WEEK FORTY-SEVEN WINE: A 'noble' wine that is liked by all

La Braccesca Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2016, Italy This "noble" wine is soft, fruity and accessible, all of which make it a good choice for drinking now and over the next few years. Sweet floral and spice notes add nuance to red cherry/plum fruit.  The blend is 80% Sangiovese and 20% Merlot, aged in cask. This week’s selection is a 91 point rated Robert Parker wine!  

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SUPERBOWL & BUCKETS: February 7, 2021

Sunday, February 7, 2021 Bucket of our famous Tuscan Fried Chicken (10 pieces) Winter Slaw Polenta Corn Pudding Pancetta Onion Focaccia Bread Cannoli chips & Ricotta Chocolate Chip Dip   At our little Trattoria in Tuscany we were famous for our "Pollo Fritto," - fried chicken. The Florentines would drive out to visit us in the country on the weekends and we would always sell out. I am proud to say that my American friends and customers (even those from the South!) seem to have also fallen in love with my recipe so I am starting a new tradition.  On Sundays I will be frying up my recipe -- this time for the Washingtonians -- and for Super Bowl Sunday...

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CENA DI SAN VALENTINO A CASA - February 12-14, 2021

Cenone di San Valentino a Casa Valentine Lovers Dinner at Home This year, let's create a lover's nest at home to celebrate and nurture those special relationships that light our way. Your 5 course dinner comes together with a elegant tapered candle, dessert bubbly and a beautiful red insulated bag.  You can chose to enjoy your lovers dinner on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.   MENU $200/couple   Crostini Olive oil toasts with two spreads – chickpea patè & mushroom patè Minestra Maritage Italian Wedding Soup with escarole, mini meatballs & winter vegetables    Mezze Lune al Salmone e Salsa di Gamberetti  Salmon stuffed ravioli with shrimp parmesan cream Sogliola alla Mugnaia Fillet of Sole, lemon butter, parmesan carrots & white polenta OR...

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WEEK FORTY-SIX MENU: FEB 2-7

VALLE D’AOSTA – Welcome Travelers Valle d’Aosta, bordering France and Switzerland to the west and north, has long been the connector between central Europe and the Italian peninsula. It is the place where people travel on their way to somewhere else. The locals have welcomed travelers since Roman times and have established a culture of hospitality. Travelers are given the same warm welcome now as they were then. The Valdaostani are welcoming and generous people, always eager to share their hearty mountain food.  It is the place where cultures meet and eat. Valle d’Aosta shares food styles with Alpine France and Switzerland. Its cuisine is simple, based on fresh ingredients from the mountains, streams, and plush valleys. Our menu this...

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