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.

Spring and Summer 2019

Antipasti – Best choices of La Cucina!

Soups

Zuppa di Lattuga e Riso – Every Spring this pleasantly surprising soup becomes a new favorite. Five different types of bright green lettuces become the flavor in the tasty chicken stock. We give it some texture with creamy Arborio rice…it’s goooood!

Classic Wedding Soup – True Italian “Zuppa Maritata” is a wonderful combination of hearty flavors. Our own chicken stock holds tiny meatballs, buttery pieces of chicken, pastina and tortellini not to mention the great trinity of veggies to enhance the colorful bowl!

Tuscan Celery and Potato Soup – The fresh flavor of bright celery and the creaminess of locally grown potatoes make a simple soup a flavorful dish!

Garden Minestrone – All the goodness of a spring garden in a simmering pot of tastiness! No less than ten vegetables in combination to be both rich and light.

Chicken Pastina – A delicate soup which serves as the perfect start to an Italian feast. Flavorful homemade stock with the smallest bits of pastina—sometimes stars…sometimes orzo…sometimes both

Stracciatella – A light but very flavorful chicken stock with just a few goodies. The final touch is the airy egg beaten into the hot broth…yes, it will remind you of “little rags” floating in the bowl…tasty “rags

Pasta

Ricotta Gnocchi – Our own homemade and handmade fluffy cylinders of flavor, not at all dense like traditional potato gnocchi. Our best classic red wine sauce just waits for a sprinkle of Parmesan and maybe some Calabrese hot pepper flakes!

Lobster Ravioli – sweet and tender chunks of lobster meat in a light and airy pasta pillow…creamy butter, cherry tomatoes and fresh chiffonade of basil…no further description needed!

Mushroom Ravioli with Truffle Cream Sauce – We brought home truffles from Perugia…a creamy sauce…decadent but DELIZIOSO

Fettuccine Toscana – Homemade ribbons of egg pasta tossed with fresh garden zucchini and speck…what is speck…Smoked Prosciutto from Tuscany… a treat!

Our famous Crepe Lasagna with Arugula and Prosciutto – A unique presentation of a classic dish…light, delicate and flavorful…you won’t forget it!

Ricotta, Spinach and Chicken Manicotti – Tender crepes delicately filled with creamy ricotta…and more!

Meats

Chicken Calabria – Boneless filets of chicken breast simmered in a white wine sauce laced with sun dried tomatoes and artichoke hearts…The chicken melts in your mouth but DON’T ignore the veggies!

Chicken or Veal Piccata – A light and lemony choice …perfect for the season!
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!)

Pork Chop alla Bruschetta – A tender and juicy boneless pork chop lightly breaded and topped with fresh tomatoes and basil…a little balsamic drizzle to finish nicely!

Roasted Tenderloin of Pork – “The filet mignon of pork” tender slices of white meat pork surrounded by roasted seasonal veggies.

Always offered for parties of 10 or more ONLY…

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 – 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 of less than 10…there will be a flat $50 upcharge for these meat selections)

Veggies

Ciambotta – a true Nonna preparation. Seasonal veggies married together in a light tomato sauce..Eggplant, zucchini, red peppers and green beans…color, texture and flavor…oh boy!

Sauteed green beans with tomatoes and calamata olives – simple is good!

Cauliflower Saltato – A recipe shared by our friend Lidia Bastianich…Pan Seared cauliflower dressed in lemon and mint…delizioso!

Broccoli Romano – Another favorite in our kitchen. Bright green broccoli sautéed with olive oil and garlic and topped with zesty Pecorino Romano.

Asparagus Parma Style – Simple…salt and pepper butter and Parmesan Cheese…simple is good!

Roasted Rosemary Potatoes – Chunky slices of creamy russets tossed in olive and our own garden rosemary…yummy!

Salads

Classic Italian – We ALL like it because it’s just plain good at the end of a great meal!

Sunny Mediterranean – Tastes fresh like the season Lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, a bit of red onion and olives. Topped with crumbled feta and a wonderful dressing of lemon and mint.

Strawberries, Almonds and Goat Cheese over Romaine – Light and tasty and just right before dessert.

Roasted Beets and Oranges – Another perennial favorite. The sweetness of the beets and the juicy oranges are beautiful over romaine and topped with toasted walnuts…yummy!

Desserts

Tres Leches Cake – Noooooo….it’s not Italian but it’s cold and creamy…three different tyoes of cream that is…so it has to be good!

Our own homemade Tirimisu – Mascarpone, lady finger s and coffee…a great ending to an Italian feast!

Fresh fruit and Cannoli – Our own famous Cannoli and a gorgeous platter of fresh seasonal fruit..light and refreshing and just enough!

Big Homemade Cream Puffs Stuffed with Strawberries and real whipped cream – one more bite…you can do it!

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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.