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Weekend Special: February, 27- March 1 “Classic Spaghetti with Lamb Ragout”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Classic Spaghetti with Lamb Ragout

Inspiration

Let it please thee to keep in order a moderate-sized farm, that so thy garners may be full of fruits in their season.

—Hesiod

Many rural groups raise lambs in Central Italy. The tender meat of these well-bred … Read More »



Weekend Special: February, 20-22 “Bolognese-Style Carabaccia”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Bolognese-Style Carabaccia

Inspiration

Italy, my Italy!
Queen Mary’s saying serves for me
(When fortune’s malice
Lost her Calais):
“Open my heart, and you will see
Graved inside of it ‘Italy.’”

—Robert Browning, “De Gustibus”

This weekend special begins with Leonardo da Vicini (1452-1519), arguably one of the … Read More »


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Weekend Special: February, 13-15 “Heart-Shaped Red Ravioli, King Crab, Leek Cream, Umbrian Bianchetto Truffles”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Happy Saint Valentine’s Weekend!

Inspiration

Over these next few days the world is cloaked in the color of the heart.

According to Michael Ferber’s Dictionary of Literary Symbols, Petrarch referred to spring as vermigilia (“vermillion”) because to him that was the color of … Read More »


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Weekend Special: February, 6-8 “ Parmigiano Gnocchi, Ragout of Sweetbreads, Artichoke, Crayfish”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Parmigiano Gnocchi, Ragout of Sweetbreads, Artichoke, Crayfish

Inspiration

If my world were to cave in tomorrow, I would look back on all the pleasures, excitements, and worthwhilenesses I have been lucky enough to have had.

—Audrey Hepburn

Benvenuti al Ristorante del Cambio!

Ristorante Del Cambio, … Read More »


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Weekend Special: January, 30- 31 “Butcher-Style Oxtail Three Ways”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Butcher-Style Oxtail Three Ways

Inspiration

Food is our common ground, a universal experience.

—James Beard

Roma.

That classic city of the Colosseum and Sophia Loren.

A city rife with delectable, rustic food. And nowhere is that luscious rusticity more pronounced than in a district called … Read More »


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Weekend Special: January, 23-25 “Borno-Style Salami”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Borno-Style Salami

Inspiration

Chef Silvia is a voracious reader when it comes to gastronomic history.

This week, her studies took her into the steep valleys of the Italian Alps where she came across a panoply of interesting recipes native to various small … Read More »


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Weekend Special January 16-18, “Escoffier Veal Chop”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Escoffier Veal Chop

Inspiration

Their table was a board to tempt even ghosts

To pass the Styx for more substantial feasts.

I will not dwell upon ragouts or roasts,

Albeit all human history attests

That happiness for man—the hungry sinner!—

Since Eve ate apples, much depends … Read More »



Weekend Special: January, 9-11 “Périgord Truffles”

Posted on January 8th, by Merlo in Menu Spotlight, Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Périgord Truffles

Inspiration

Urge and urge and urge,
Always the procreant urge of the
world.

—Walt Whitman

The season of Périgord truffles is upon us!

The delicate, intricate, lingering flavors of these ambrosial fungi have kindled the imaginations of innumerable food lovers across many different cultures throughout … Read More »

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