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Weekend Special: March, 27-29 “Rabaton”

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

Rabaton

Inspiration

Together with a culture of work, there must be a culture of leisure as gratification.

To put it another way: people who work must take the time to relax.

—Pope Francis

Taking a mental journey back to Piemonte this week, reading about the … Read More »


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Weekend Special: March, 20-22 “Wild-Alaskan Halibut, Yellow Ribbon Pasta with Scarlet Prawn, Zucchini Velouté with Wild Steelhead Roe”

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

Wild-Alaskan Halibut, Yellow Ribbon Pasta with Scarlet Prawn, Zucchini Velouté with Wild Steelhead Roe

Inspiration

For all its balmy coastlines, Italy does not yield halibut. No, you won’t find this Atlantic and Pacific flatfish on many dinner tables in il bel paese. … Read More »


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Weekend Special: March, 13-15 “Irish Beef Stew”

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

Irish Beef Stew

Inspiration

With Saint Patrick’s Day approaching, Chef Luisa Silvia has been inspired to consider a figure from the early twentieth century who has a personal connection to us. Hazel Martyn (1886-1935) lived in our building during her childhood. After … Read More »


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Weekend Special: March, 6 – 8 “On the Subject of Cooking”

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

Gnocchi di semola alla Romana

Inspiration

A Roman thought hath struck him.

—Shakespeare, Antony and Cleopatra

De re coquinaria (On the Subject of Cooking).

Thus was the title given to a famous anthology of Ancient Roman recipes initially compiled in the fifth century.

Our consummate … Read More »


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

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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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