My boyfriend's birthday is on Wednesday and I've made a reservation at the famed Piccola Venezia in Astoria. I know that this is a notoriously difficult to navigate place for first-timers, and would really appreciate it if those of you with more experience can take a look at my menu choices, and give me some suggestions!
Alright, so first, the boyfriend's palate:
He likes most foods, but NOT: pickled items; organ meat; fish that smell fishy; raw fish or meat.
He enjoys a good savoury meat experience, likes mushrooms and garlic and other savoury items. He probably wouldn't eat anything fermented without crying about why I'm bullying him to eat something fermented.
He has a good appetite but not large by American standards. He's a typical boy in that he eats too fast at the beginning of a meal, gets "impossibly full" and sits out on the sidelines while everyone else (or just I) stroll through the rest of the luxurious meal.
Okay. Basically I want him to have a near religious experience where he tries NEW stuff that's not "too strange" for his standards. And I don't want to order something too heavy at the beginning that's going to ruin his appetite for the rest of the meal.
Oh, and we're going to share everything and eat family style.
Fried Calamari (is this too humdrum?)
1/2 order gnocchi gorgonzala
I have seen recommendations for Fuzi, but did not see it on the menu on their website. Anyone know why?
Veal porterhouse (or Osso Buco?)
Black Linguine with Lobster
Your suggestions, advice, warnings, and wisdom are heartily encouraged. Thank you so much in advance!