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Usher in 2017 with an Italian Tradition!

As we anticipate the fresh start that a new year brings, we are giving you a rare opportunity to also celebrate New Year’s Eve in the Italian tradition with Cenone di San Silvestro – the Feast of St. Sylvester, Saturday, December 31, 5:30 pm-midnight.  The night before a new year, Italians believe a person should eat lentils – a symbol of wealth – and pork – a symbol of life’s fullness.  $89 (beverages, tax & gratuity not included).  Complimentary champagne toast at midnight.  Reserve your table today by calling us at (202) 835-0459.  Felice Anno Nuovo!

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(Choose one option from each course)

Antipasto 
  • Toscano:  Italian charcuterie, wild mushroom crostini, house-marinated vegetables
  • Polipo Marinato con Verdure e Pane Croccante:  Charred Mediterranean octopus, cucumber, tomato, saba
  • Erbe d’Inverno col Caprino, Mele e Sbricioli di Panettone:  Tuscan kale, spinach & frisée lettuces with goat cheese, Fuji apples & panettone croutons
  • Capesante, Gnocchi di Ricotta e Funghi:  Seared Maine scallops, ricotta gnocchi, roasted mushrooms, parsley butter
Primo Piatto
  • Zuppa di Lenticchie:  New Year’s “good luck” lentil soup, parmesan crisp
  • Tortellini al Sughetta di Vitella:  Nonna Irma’s homemade three-meat tortellini with savory veal reduction
  • Cavatelli Neri:  Artisanal squid ink pasta, homemade sausage, shrimp, roasted tomato
  • Risotto ai Funghi e Champagne:  Vialone Nano rice, wild mushrooms, champagne, chive oil
Secondo Piatto
  • Pescespada al Salmoriglio:  Grilled swordfish steak, lemon, fresh herbs, EVOO, potatoes maché, grilled winter vegetables
  • Arista al Forno:  Slow-roasted pork loin, juniper berry crust, stewed plums & roasted rosemary potatoes
  • Agnello al Scottaditto:  Grilled marinated T-bone lamb chops, soft polenta, mint oil
  • Quaglia Farcita al Brandy:  Roasted stuffed quail, prosciutto, brandy, sautéed Swiss chard
Dolce
  • Panna Cotta al Melograno: Yogurt panna cotta, pomegranate jelly, toasted coconut
  • Gelato con Frutta Spezziata:  Homemade vanilla gelato, spiced apples, pears, raisins & chopped pistachio
  • Scarpette di Panettone al Gelato:  Warm panettone, chocolate gelato & chocolate shavings
  • Torta di Formaggio:  Marscarpone cheesecake, toasted walnuts, strawberry

Celebrate the Feast of the Seven Fishes with Us!

Change up your Christmas routine, and join us for the Feast of Seven Fishes – an Italian-American 7-course feast! seven-fishesAlso known as La Vigilia (The Vigil), this Christmas Eve tradition commemorates waiting for the birth of Baby Jesus at midnight on Christmas.  Roman Catholics have traditionally abstained from meats and animal fats on the eve of certain holy days, so they feasted instead on seafood.  Some Italian-American families celebrate with more than 7 fish, and sometimes up to 13 different types.  Experience it for yourself, Friday-Saturday, December 23-24 from 5:30 pm-10:00 pm for only $89 a person (exclusive beverage, tax and gratuity).  Call (202) 835-0459 to make reservations.

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Crostini di trota di fiume affumicata – Smoked river trout paté

Insalata di calamari con salsa di limone – Salad of pan-seared calamari, purslane & lemon salsina

Frittura di polpettine di granchio e carciofi – Tuscan crab fritters, fried artichokes

Capesante, gnocchi di ricotta e funghi – Seared scallops, ricotta gnocchi, roasted mushrooms, parsley butter

Taglerini alle vongole – Artisanal egg pasta, little neck clams, roasted zucchini, tomato, Calabrian chili

Caciucco all Livornese – Tuscan fish stew- lobster, mussels, clams, shrimp, tuna, scallops, tomato broth, garlic croutons

Budino Nataliza di Panettone – Christmas panettone bread pudding, crema Anglais and chocolate

Unite with Us to Be Generous to the Needy Locally and Abroad

Now that this historic and brutally combative Election is officially over, many of us are yearning to stop the madness, roll up our sleeves and move forward.  The holidays provide an opportunity to turn our attention to higher altruistic endeavors as we join together to help those less fortunate. In the coming weeks we are planning two events to assist those in need, both locally and internationally.

As the earthquake victims still remain in our hearts and in their tents, as winter is fast approaching and as the earthearthquake-tents-1 continues to tremble in central Italy, we are partnering with local band, Misspent Youth and Hungarian Ambassador (and guest lead guitarist), Andras Simonyi, Tuesday, December 6, 7:30-9:30 pm. Enjoy this rock ‘n’ roll band nominated twice for Best Cover Band at the Maryland Music Awards.  Refreshments, wine and beer included for $165. We will be having a Silent Auction with many great items for you to bid on:  6 Park Hopper tickets to Disney World; 2 club seat hockey tickets Caps vs. Bruins; Illy espresso maker with starter kit; Staycation 2-night stay at the Mayflower Hotel with dinner at i Ricchi; Reston Limo 3-hour evening tour of the monuments for 6 people; Exclusive collection PBS documentaries; $200 gift certificate Edible Arrangements . . . and more coming in every day!  Get tickets now

Large family-like communal tables, long simmering sauces and lots of red wine will transport you back to a simpler time while helping our community’s blind, visually impaired and deaf blind children on Guest Chef for a Night – Cooking for Good, Monday, December 12 at 7 pm. Savor the flavors of chefs Tony Cancelosi’s (CEO, Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind) and Tom Raffa’s (CEO, Raffa, Inc.) culinary skills for a traditional Sunday dinner on Monday evening for $125 (excludes tax and tip).  Buy tickets

As the packages pile up and your calendar fills with holiday events, don’t forget to consider those in need around us. Join us on Giving Tuesday, November 29 as we inform you about 3 of our favorite charities that you can choose to financially support while you are dining with us. We will be featuring Madison House Autism Foundation, My Sister’s Place and Vital Voices.  More info

For an overview of all our upcoming November and December events, click here.

Express Your Right to Vote, and Make These Red, White & Blue Snacks

For almost twenty years I witnessed what it was like to live outside of the U.S. and am most grateful for the opportunities we are afforded in this country. It is our duty to safeguard our lifestyle by making our individual voices heard. What a tragedy it would be, if after all these months of brutal campaigning, we, American citizens, don’t go to the polls! Please, take a moment now to make sure you are registered to vote.

Patriotism tends to be strong during election time, and our nation’s colors are everywhere you look! With a little over a week left until the votes are cast, we investigated some red, white and blue snacks, desserts and beverages you can serve at your election parties or just make for yourself while you watch the coverage.

Have some leftover cheeses? In 10 minutes, you can make Crostini di Formaggio if you have a food processor handy. Creamy goat cheese and roasted tomatoes make a perfect topping for crisp polenta cakes. For a red cocktail, try making a Rhum Swizzle which incorporates grapefruit juice, grenadine and a French West Indies rum produced from sugarcane juice. Get these recipes and others

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