#359 – La Tavola Serves Up Romance with a Special Valentine’s Day Menu and One of My New Favorite Desserts!

la-tavola-992-virginia-avenue-ne-atlanta-ga-chef-craigNothing says Valentine’s Day like a heavenly, chocolatey dessert…except maybe a heavenly chocolatey dessert that follows two other scrumptious courses at the romantic La Tavola in Virginia Highland.

La Tavola makes me think of Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant” – you know, “A bottle of white, a bottle of red / Perhaps a bottle of rosé instead / We’ll get a table near the street / In our old familiar place…I’ll meet you any time you want / In our Italian Restaurant.” That perfect little hidden away romantic restaurant, the place that can be “your place” – no neon lights, no busy traffic, a place where they might just know your name. The perfect place for a Valentine’s Day dinner.

Chef Craig Richards has created a delectable prix fixe Valentine’s Day menu – priced at $49.00 per person, the three-course meal gives you more choices than the normal fixed price menu. The appetizer course has five choices, including a citrus and fennel salad (with Gaeta olive-ceci puree and Pecorino), grilled calamari (with cannellini beans, celery, harissa, lemon agrumato oil), and my personal choice, duck liver crostini (with caramelized pears, frisee lettuce). Eight entree options will make your mouth water, including braised beef ravioli (with thyme, red wine reduction, marrow butter), Saltimbocca alla Romana (a veal scallopine with prosciutto and sage, roasted fingerling potatoes, frisee, anchovy vinaigrette), Polenta gnocchi (with braised rabbit ragu, cherry tomatoes – if you’ve never had Chef Craig’s gnocchi, you’re in for a treat!), and pumpkin risotto (with crispy boar sausage, pumpkin seed oil).

la-tavola-992-virginia-avenue-ne-atlanta-ga-valentines-day-chocolate-budinoI had a chance to preview one of the desserts from the third course this week on Better Mornings Atlanta, and it will be the perfect ending to your meal: chocolate budino (which Chef Craig told me means pudding cake) with poached blackberries, grey sea salt, and an aged balsalmic vinegar. It was, quite simply, a flavor combination that I never thought would work. I love chocolate with sea salt, but balsalmic? Take my word for it, though, it was incredible – and we couldn’t get enough of it! But if chocolate isn’t your thing, there are three other sinfully yummy options to indulge in: pistachio cake with orange salad and Greek yogurt; Meyer lemon-olive oil cake with stewed huckleberries and fresh cream; or Mascarpone cheesecake with pecan streusel, candied pecans and pomegranate curd.

Sound like the kind of place where you want to spend your Valentine’s night? Make your reservations now! Only limited reservations remain and you want to make sure you’re not driving around, all dressed up with your sweetie in the passenger seat, desperately seeking a great place that still has a table available!

Planning to celebrate Valentine’s Day this weekend before the big day? You can still enjoy La Tavola’s regular menu, which has their regular delicious offerings. Just be sure you make reservations so you can treat your honey right!

WHERE: Valentine’s Day at La Tavola Trattoria992 Virginia Avenue NE, Atlanta, GA

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And if you love Billy Joel, like I love Billy Joel, here’s a little treat for your listening pleasure – Happy Valentine’s Day from me to you!


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