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Category: Weekend Special


Weekend Special November 21-23, “Sagne Molisane”

Posted on July 10th, by Merlo in Weekend Special, Written Articles. No Comments

Sagne Molisane

Giampaolo’s (our owner’s) father was born in the Molise region of Italy. Recipes from this area tend to be more strict about incorporating local ingredients. The local ingredients, however, reflect some of the best Italy has to offer: farro, … Read More »


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Weekend Special November 14-16, “Beet Ravioli with Melted Saras del fen, Porcini, and Black Truffles”

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Beet Ravioli with Melted Saras del fen, Porcini, and Black Truffles

Recipe

Red-beet ravioli filled with saras del fen and tossed with sautéed porcini, Burgundy truffles, and melted Parmigiano-Reggiano.

Reserve

Reserve your table at Merlo on Maple to experience a little slice of Italy … Read More »


Weekend Special November 7-9, “Happy Autumn! “

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Happy Autumn!

Demeter has blessed us with a rich harvest this season.

Here at Merlo, Chef Luisa Silvia is sanctifying the kitchen, utilizing the very best of local and imported ingredients to give life to her delicious weekend special.

The holidays are a … Read More »

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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.”

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Reserve your table … Read More »