Last night, I sampled the delicious La Grassa menu, during La Tavola’s fourth annual La Grassa celebration. This special menu, which focuses on the culinary delights of Bologna, Italy, is only available through March 12, 2011 – that’s this Saturday, so make your plans to get there now!
La Tavola is one of my favorite places to break bread with good friends – it feels like it’s the restaurant right out of Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant”, cozy, homey, secluded. This menu is a fantastic way to be introduced to La Tavola, if you’ve never been, or to try out some delicious new dishes at a favorite spot. With the La Grassa menu, my party enjoyed a fabulous meal, and I also had the opportunity to try two new dishes I’ve never had before.
For my appetizer course, I tried (for the first time) the Crispy Sweetbreads (with potato puree, wild mushrooms, crispy capers – pictured top) – they were rich and flavorful. The dish as a whole was perfect – I could’ve ordered another, if I didn’t have more food coming! Other tempting appetizers on the menu were the Spring Lettuces (with 12-year-old balsamico, roasted cipollini onionis, Parmigiano Reggiano) and the Vellutata Soup (with zucchini and grilled romaine, rosemary, Parmigiano, grated egg).
For my entrée course, I tried another new dish (for me), rabbit. The Strozzapretti pasta dish (with braised rabbit ragu, Castelvetrano olive puree, Pecorino – pictured, second from top). Everyone at my table ordered this dish (with the exception of one friend who requires gluten-free dishes) – it was that good. My friend, Kathleen, who ordered gluten-free, had the Roasted Leg of Pork (with fava bean puree, wild mushrooms, Sangiovese reduction – pictured, third from top) from the La Grassa menu, which the chef was nice enough to prepare for her without flour.
Dessert was another mouthwatering course – the La Grassa dessert is a unique Baked Sweet Ravioli, with chestnut cream and High Road Craft tangerine sorbet (pictured, bottom). Crispy baked ravioli on the outside, warm, gooey fruitiness on the inside – a perfect ending to the meal with a glass of wine or a hot cup of coffee. And for my gluten-free friend, a Flourless Chocolate Cake (so good!) was a great final course.
The La Grassa menu is a $35.00 per person prix-fixe menu, if you’d like to enjoy all three courses, or you can choose to order à la carte. Reservations are highly recommended to be sure you can get a table. Valet parking is complimentary.