Waking Up – Springtime in Florence Isn’t it amazing how just a few notes of an old song can bring you back to a place you haven’t been in years? When thinking about this week’s menu, highlighting the first new vegetables of spring, I kept hearing the lyrics of an old popular Florentine tune – recounting the spectacular beauty of Spring’s awakening in Le Cascine, Florence’s Central Park. This week’s menu highlights Florentine Spring rituals and ingredients Italian cooks are beginning to find in their local markets and that most likely will be included on their Spring tables. Menu Insalata di Faro Primaverile Spring faro salad with radish, fava beans, Castelvetrano olives and pecorino Gigli agli Asparagi e Rucola Artisanal...
Easter Feast - Special Menu for 4/9
4+ Course Menu ($79/person)Includes a large foil-wrapped Italian chocolate Easter Egg
Burrata di Bufala
Grilled zucchini ribbons, buffalo burrata, parsley breadcrumbs, balsamic reduction
Ravioli ai Funghi
Mushroom-stuffed homemade ravioli in a parmesan cream sauce
Grilled marinated Lamb T-Bone with mint gremolata
Hazelnut thyme crusted salmon
Patate al Rosmarino
Roasted rosemary olive oil potatoes
Piselli alla Fiorentina
Sweet peas with prosciutto and spring onions
Easter Chocolate Silk Pie
Large foil-wrapped Italian chocolate Easter Egg
Happy Florentine New Year, Dante “Buon Capodanno / Happy New Year” could be heard again in the streets of Florence last week. The traditional Florentine New Year always has been celebrated on March 25, the feast day of the Annunciation. To add to these festivities, last year, the Italian government announced the establishment of a National Dante Day or “DanteDi” to be observed annually on March 25. Dante Alighieri is considered the father of modern literature and perhaps the greatest poet of all time. He was born in Florence (Tuscany) in 1265 and died in Ravenna (Emilia Romagna) in 1321, making this year the 702th anniversary of his death. This week’s menu takes inspiration from both regions that were home...
Comfort Foods Unite
This week's menu was inspired by comforting foods - those that only Nonna cooks to make us feel better. When dealing with uncertainties, food connects us with our past and reminds us that we are not alone.
It Matters Not if you are Irish or Italian Ireland is gearing up to embrace the return of St. Patrick’s Day 2023. The entire country will take to the streets to celebrate with parades, live music, dancing and a massive four-day festival. Because the holiday fortuitously falls on a Friday this year, Ireland has declared a long weekend to acknowledge the tough times endured during the pandemic. Likewise, the Italians are looking forward to reuniting once again to celebrate St. Joseph’s Day on the 19th, their national Father’s Day. Our menu this week is a playful rendition of Irish and Italian recipes. Menu ALL THINGS GREEN SALAD Festive Spring salad, Italian greens, apple, cucumber, edamame, avocado, broccoli, grapes & pistacchios ...