For my 40th birthday, my husband took me to Cavallos for dinner. Actually, he planned an entire weekend around this dinner. We live in NY and he had been to Cavallos for a business dinner (large group celebration) and he knew I would love the place. And I did. What a meal! What an experience!
For those of you not familiar with Cavallos, it is a restaurant in Easton run by the Cavallos family. The mom, Shirley (who is 73, but doesn't look or act a day over 50) does all the cooking. The restaurant is set in a house/soon to be inn completely built and decorated by family members or close friends. There are many dining rooms, some big some small on the first floor, radiating off the incredible kitchen. All the rooms are furnished with beautiful antiques and each antique has a story which will be gladly told to you by your waiter (also a family member, the night we were there it was one of her sons.) We were there for five hours, for a five course meal. In between courses, you can walk around the house, go into the kitchen and schmooze with the chef, or stroll through the garden.
It is byob, so be sure to bring plenty of good wine, which they gladly serve you and if necessary keep chilled. You choose your entree from a selection of about 6 different ones (which change day to day). Then, your waiter will ask you if you have any food dislikes. Once you answer, the rest is left up to Shirley. Our first course was a huge plate of delicious grilled vegetables served with Fontina and Goat Cheese. Everything is incredible fresh and yummy. The second course was a pasta course. We had homemade canneloni (sp?) shaped like a huge ravioli stuffed with fresh spinach (still had a little crunch!) ground veal and chicken, mushrooms, garlic and parmesan topped with a bechemel sauce. The third course was a fish course. Now, I only eat shell fish and I told our waiter this. So out comes a huge shrimp and lobster tail scampi type of dish. Both pieces of fish were perhaps the most delicious, tender pieces of shell fish I have ever eaten. My main course was veal medallions with a marsala type of sauce and my husband had a delicious Osso Buco. For dessert, she served an ornate orange bundt cake.
The portions are huge. So it is good that there is a wait between each course. Still I think it would be impossible to finish everything you are served. The night we were there, it was just us and two other parties of eight. We had a very romantic dinner, while the other parties had a very jovial time. The rest of the dining rooms were set up for a large wedding party the next day. The Cavallos are in the process of getting the final COs to open their inn. In the mean time, between courses, you can walk around upstairs and check out the rooms. All the bedrooms are also decorated with great antiques. And the bathrooms are all brand new. All the construction and decorating is done by the family and it is both very whimsical and elegant. You have to see it to understand it!
Foodies will love this place. Others may be mystified. After all, five hours for dinner may seem excessive to some, but for us the night flew by. I highly recommend this place to all! The dinner is prix fixe at $140 per person.
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