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Category: Weekend Special


Weekend Special October 31- November 2, “Sweet Life Tart”

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Sweet Life Tart

Inspiration

This week, Chef Luisa Silvia came across an interesting publication from a well-known family in Tuscany. They own vast properties throughout Central Italy, produce world-renowned wine, and still follow many traditions established by their forebears hundreds of years … Read More »



Weekend Special October 24-26, “Piedmontese-Style Veal Grenadins”

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Piedmontese-Style Veal Grenadins

Inspiration

My tongue was a filling estuary,
My palate hung with starlight:
As I tasted the salty Pleiades
Orion dipped his foot into the water.
—Seamus Heaney, “Oysters”

Giovanni Vialardi was a masterful chef who began working for the House of Savoy as an … Read More »


Weekend Special October 17-19, “Ricotta in the Hay”

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“Ricotta in the Hay” (SARAS DEL FEN)

Inspiration

“Ricotta” means “short curing,” which is why this cheese tends to have such a young and fresh taste.

SARAS DEL FEN (“Ricotta in the Hay”) is sweet ricotta that hails from the Alps where … Read More »



Weekend Special October 10-12, “White Truffle Season!”

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White Truffle Season

Inspiration

Happiness alone is salutary to the body

—Marcel Proust, Time Regained (1926)

After all these culinarily melancholy months, weeks, days, minutes, seconds, milliseconds… White truffles are finally back!

Let us all take a moment of silence for these holy gifts from … Read More »



Weekend Special October 3-5, “Maccheroni with “Quagliette”, Chanterelles and Truffles “

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Maccheroni with “Quagliette”, Chanterelles and Truffles

Inspiration

This week, Chef Luisa Silvia Marani, still fascinated by the charming tradition of osterias in Italy, was inspired by a popular Piedmontese dish that fuses two specialties: (1) Maccheroni del fret, an egg-heavy macaroni … Read More »



Weekend Special September 26-28, “Cappelletti with Ragout and White Truffles”

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Cappelletti with Ragout and White Truffles

Inspiration

In the fifteenth century, osterias began to gain popularity throughout Italy. These were small locales where weary travelers would find lodging, food, and relaxation during their respective journeys. Where locals would meet for drinks and … Read More »



Weekend Special September 19-21, “Milanese-Style Ravioli Timbale”

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Milanese-Style Ravioli Timbale

Recipe

“Ravioli stuffed with herbs, creamy cheese, and Parmigiano-Reggiano. Wrapped around a melange of Marsala-stewed sweetbreads, prosciutto di Parma, porcini, and diced veal cooked in white wine and truffles, which has been kept together with salsa spagnola.”

Reserve

Reserve your table … Read More »



Weekend Special September 12-14, “Cavour-Style Veal Cheeks”

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Cavour-Style Veal Cheeks

Inspiration

Camillo Benso (1810-1861), the Count of Cavour, was a deft statesman who helped make the important role of fine cuisine in negotiation clear during the unification of Italy. Throughout his office, momentous decisions were made over long dinners … Read More »



Weekend Special September 5-7, “Partridge Stewed in Risotto”

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Partridge Stewed in Risotto

Inspiration

The partridge as a form of high cuisine became popular in Northern Italy shortly after its renown in England. At that time (the eighteenth century), people believed partridge embodied a powerful sexuality: many considered partridge broth a … Read More »



Weekend Special August 29-31, “Courtesan’s Cappelletti”

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Courtesan’s Cappelletti

Inspiration

There is no love sincerer than the love of food.
—George Bernard Shaw

Sigismondo Malatesta was a condottiere (the leader of a troop of mercenaries) who worked for the most noble families in the Romagna region during the early sixteenth century. … Read More »