Private Dining

Join us for a private dinner with no less than 8 of your closest friends (we can accommodate up to 10 people.). We will prepare a special selection of appetizers from the best the market has to offer that day. You choose from the menu below one selection for each course to put together an amazing Italian feast. Don’t forget the wine as it is BYOB! Dinner is served family style.

Price is $75 (includes tax, NOT gratuity) per person! A deposit of 1/2 the payment is required to secure the reservation. Please understand that the deposit is not refundable and not transferable/exchangeable for another date.

Fall 2019/Winter 2020 Private Dining Menu

Antipasti – Best choices of our Cucina
A tasty variety of some of our favorites and seasonal treats—they’re all so good you’ll want to make a meal of them…but go slow …there’s so much more to come!

Soups

Pasta e Fagioli – A hearty bowl of tiny tubetti pasta and cannellini beans in a savory tomato and pancetta broth.
Classic Wedding Soup – Are the tiny homemade meatballs the treat or the tasty tortellini the little surprise that makes our homemade chicken stock so delicious? You’ll decide by the time you hit the bottom of the bowl!
Creamy Butternut Squash – Fall is a wonderful season for so many reasons! The gorgeous color and the buttery flavor of this creamy soup is perfect for the season. A dollop of cream and a sprinkling of pecans are the perfect topping!
CioppinoA treasure from the sea! A delicious variety of seafood simmered in a light tomato broth with just a splash of wine…no cheese for this one… but some of those crushed pepper flakes are a good idea!
Zuppa Toscana – A treat all over Italy…but famous in Tuscany… a light veggie stock made creamy by golden potatoes. The crumbled sausage and the delicate leaves of lacinato kale make a hearty bowl!
Scrippelle in Brodo – The lightest and most delicate of the soup choices. Take homemade crepes and stuff with shredded parmesan…lay in the bottom of the bowl so that they can absorb the flavorful homemade chicken stock…Simple is good!

Pasta

Fettuccine in Creamy Saffron Sauce with Peas and Mushrooms – We discovered this golden sauce in Abruzzo this summer. The color is spectacular, the flavor is unbelievable…you won’t soon forget this dish!
Spinach Gnocchi with Fennel and Calamata Olives – My favorite dish while we were in Sorrento! We’ll make the fluffy pillows of spinach gnocchi early in the day. Sweet fennel and slightly salty calamata olives in a simple creamy butter sauce are all you need to complete a beautiful and tasty pasta!
Arugula and Prosciutto Lasagna – Always a favorite! Delicate layers of homemade pasta, prosciutto and arugula just slightly slathered with our own béchamel …delightfully different!
Linguine Amatriciana – In honor of a very wonderful evening in Rome shared with friends and wine. Homemade linguine covered in our San Marzano tomato sauce made so flavorful with red wine and PANCETTA!
Pumpkin Ravioloni with Butter and Sage – Large pasta pillows stuffed with our perfectly seasoned roasted pumpkin filling. The simple butter and sage sauce just accents this perfect autumn dish!
Pappardelle alla Boscaiola – A creamy bacon, porcini mushroom and tomato sauce over strips of hand cut pasta—lots of good flavors here!
Spinach and Chicken Manicotti with Pesto Bechamel – Tender crepes filled with a perfect filling of ricotta, chicken and spinach topped with creamy béchamel seasoned with just a hint of nutmeg…ahhhh!

Meats

Chicken Marsala – Tender boneless fillets of chicken breast with lots of mushrooms and Marsala wine!
Stuffed Chicken Breast – A tender boneless fillet of chicken butterflied and stuffed with goat cheese and sun dried tomatoes and topped with a wonderful roasted red pepper cream sauce!
Pork Chops alla Bruschetta – Our own homemade breading coats the marinated thick boneless chops. Fresh tomatoes, bright green basil and flavorful balsamic glaze are the delicious topping!
Roast Tenderloin of Pork – The fillet of pork! Juicy, tender and light surrounded by a ring of seasoned roasted root veggies…it’s a perfect fall and winter dish!
Veal Scallopine with Peppers and Onions – Sauteed red and green peppers crown the tender fillets of veal which have been pan seared in butter and white wine!
Veal Saltimbocca – This wonderful combination of flavors does “jump in the mouth”. A velvety sage and white sauce tops the tender veal cutlets laced with imported prosciutto.
(Veal dishes are easily substituted with chicken…just let us know!)

Always offered for parties of 10 or more…
Beef Brisket – We never really knew how many people LOVE beef brisket! Ours cooks for hours in a special wine and mushroom sauce and just falls apart ! Some crusty Italian bread will soak up all the gravy!
Roast Leg of Lamb – Marinated in Red Wine and our own blend of herbs and spices. Roasted for hours until tender and flavorful.
Crown Roast of Pork (Parties of 10 or more only) – Tenderly Roasted for hours with a marinade of red wine and special herbs. A gorgeous presentation which become tender and juicy, thick chops on your plate!
(For parties less than 10…there will be a flat $50 upcharge for these meat selections)

Veggies

Green Beans with Tomatoes and Olives – Bright fresh green beans sautéed with fresh plum tomatoes and zesty oil cured olives…flavors that dance in your mouth!
Roasted Rosemary Potatoes – A perfect accompaniment to any meat selection. No herb pairs better than fresh rosemary from the garden , a few cloves of garlic and it’s all good!
CiambottaAn OLD FASHIONED veggie stew that Nonna made to use up all the summer garden had remaining. We’ll make it just for you with eggplant, zucchini, green beans and potatoes. A little tomato sauce to gently coat …grab a slice of crusty bread!
Roasted Seasonal Vegetables – A colorful assortment of root vegetables simply coated with good olive oil and then sprinkled with Sicilian sea salt…Simple is always good!
Greens and Beans – A perennial favorite. We choose the freshest assortment of greens like Swiss chard, spinach, escarole and kale. The creamy beans and garlic are a perfect addition.
Zucchini with Pancetta – Slices of tender zucchini layered with homemade bread crumbs, pancetta and romano…so tasty with any of the meat selections.

Salads

Classic Italian – Not fancy but Nonna finished every meal with this tasty combination of lettuce, tomatoes and cucumbers. She would add olives and pepperoncini for company…We’ll do it for you!
Apples Pecans and Gorgonzola over Romaine – A perfect combination for the season…sweet, salty and crunchy…Yum!
Pears Walnuts and Arugula – Another seasonal favorite. Bosc pears are at their peak , the toasted walnuts add another layer of flavor. The peppery zest of the arugula is a perfect complement!
Roasted Beets and Oranges – Have you ever had a true freshly roasted beet… You’ll never open another can! Top tender romaine with beets, oranges, walnuts and tangy feta… Yes, an unusual combination but a perfect way to end a wonderful meal.

Desserts

Cannoli and fresh fruit – A light and tasty choice. Can I tell you that we sold over 2000 cannoli during the Italian festival this year! They must be pretty good!
Tiramisu – layers of mascarpone cheese, espresso soaked lady fingers and cocoa…it is a TRUE delight!
Chocolate Chocolate Chocolate Cake – Our Homemade chocolate cake layered and iced with chocolate whipped icing then crusted with teeny tiny chocolate chips…If you’re not a chocoholic, you will be after the first bite!
Bosc Pears in Red Wine – An elegant finish to a feast. The crisp pears are simmered in red wine and special spices until they are crimson and tender. With a dollop of whipped cream…it’s just enough.
Pumpkin Ricotta Tart – The flavors of the season in a light and creamy ricotta custard…move over PUMPKIN PIE!
Please alert us to any dietary preferences or allergies. We will try to accommodate as best we can.

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  • Dinner is served family style.
  • Please alert us to any dietary preferences or allergies.  We will try to accommodate as best we can. We can happily accommodate vegetarians and gluten free guests; however, we are not able to accommodate vegans.
  • Please call the shop to reserve a date. We do not take email reservations.
  • Call the shop to make your menu selections at least 3 days before your event.  412*682*3370.
  • Cost is $75 (includes tax, not gratuity) per person. 
  • Credit cards are excepted at the time of reservation for the deposit (1/2 the total number of guests). Please note this is not refundable or exchangeable for another date. However, only cash or check will be accepted for the remaining balance the night of the dinner.
  • If you choose to pay by credit card for the remaining balance, please call the shop before 4 p.m. the day of your event.
  • We respectfully request that your party adheres to the seating times.
    • 6:00 to 8:30 p.m. (please no later than 8:45) or
    • 6:30 to 9:00 p.m. (please no later than 9:15)
  • You may bring your own wine (Wine only please; no hard alcohol). We have all the accessories. There is no corkage or opening charge.
  • Recommended number of guests is 8 and no more than 10 to fit comfortably around our table. Please be aware that more than 10 guests will be served in the front rooms.