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“Looking forward to dinner at Merlo” -Connie B.

Posted on October 1st, by nikki in Testimonials, Written Articles. No Comments

Special trip planned specifically to visit Merlo

 

Looking forward to this coming weekend. My boyfriend Martin R. and I have reservations on Saturday along with his sister. We live in New York and have been to the restaurant several times in … Read More »


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“Lovely and Memorable Evening” – Justin K.

Posted on September 5th, by Merlo in Testimonials, Written Articles. No Comments

Engagement Celebration

 

Giampaolo,

I’m following up on a request you made following a lovely dinner at Merlo in late May.

I proposed to my fiance on May 10th, and then hosted a dinner at Merlo on May 17th to celebrate with our … Read More »


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“Terrific Dining Experience” -Terry & Gene

Posted on August 12th, by Merlo in Testimonials, Written Articles. No Comments

Newlywed Celebration Dinner

 

Good evening,

Thank you so much for a terrific dining experience last Tuesday evening. We were married earlier that same day. We were hoping for a special dinner that evening, and you did not disappoint.

First off, our server, Nicole, … Read More »


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

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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”

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

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 »



Weekend Special August 22-24, “Paganini’s Ravioli”

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

Paganini’s Ravioli

Inspiration

This week, Chef Luisa Silvia was reading about Niccolo Paganini.

Paganini was very famous during the mid-nineteenth century for his abilities as a violinist, composer, and orchestra director.

More interesting, however, was Paganini’s libertine lifestyle: His inamoratas ranged from … Read More »



Weekend Special August 15-17, “Calabrese Risotto”

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

Calabrese Risotto

Inspiration

This peninsular region of Southern Italy is known for its lofty mountains, steep valleys, and crystalline bays. Its economic mainstay is farming: from forth the fruitful loins of this vast terra firma a host of products spring, such as … Read More »