Dear Feastlings,

You’ve joined us for the Hogueras de San Juan in June, and for Bastille Day in July; why wouldn’t you join us for Ferragosto come August?  Whether you regard it a a fair for Augustus Caesar or a celebration of the Assumption of Mary, or just the day that every Italian scampers to the coast to don a Speedo and wander around with a gelato in hand, we’ll be celebrating the way we usually do: we’ll make a bunch of Italian specials that we’ll serve alongside our regular menu all day long, and we’ll waive the corkage on every Italian bottle of wine in the house, so you’ll be drinking better stuff than usual, or saving more than usual.  We know neither one is quite the same as wandering a boardwalk on the Italian Riviera in your Speedo, but frankly, I’d prefer the wine to the wander.  It takes place on Tuesday, August 15, for both lunch and dinner, and you can start considering your options now.  Here’s the menu:


Ferragosto Specials


Salad of radicchio, shaved fennel and arugula with pan-fried house-made bread, Asiago cheese and finocchiona.

Pizza ai funghi~
Pizza with Mozzarella, Ricotta and Fontina cheeses, tomatoes and roasted local mushrooms.

Branzino ripieno~
Roasted Mediterranean sea bass stuffed with potatoes, fennel and oil-cured olives.  Served with broccolini and breadcrumbs. ◊

Pappardelle alla Bolognese~
House-made pappardelle pasta with a ragú of ground beef, tomatoes and aromatic vegetables.

Saltimbocca alla Romana~
Sautéed veal scallopine with sage and prosciutto. Served with herb-roasted potatoes and grilled squashes and peppers.  ◊

Panna cotta al basilico~
Basil cream gelée, served with almonds and raspberries.
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No corkage on any Italian wines on the list.

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