Just got this email:
An "Offal" good New Year
Grotto will begin its winter menu this weekend. The new menu features two new dishes featuring offal preparations. The first new item features the reigning kind of all offal: Foie Gras, which is lightly poached and turned into a ravioli filling which is paired with house prepared duck meatballs, cipollini onions, and a port wine sauce (this one is for you Andy). The second dish pays tribute to a famous and rarely prepared dish here in the States, lasagna of the Le Marches region of Italy. The lasagna dish, which goes by the name of Vincisgrassi, dates back 1700's and is prepared with chicken livers, black truffle, and various offal items. Grotto's, baked to order, Vincisgrassi is made with slow braised veal cheeks, and pan roasted chicken livers, porcini mushrooms, prosciutto, pancetta, and fontina cheese. Grotto will also be featuring a lobster risotto entrée for the month of January which is prepared with roasted tomatoes, fennel and fresh peas.
Ok...It's another Big Night
Big Night is one of our favorite movies at Grotto. A classic story of two Italian brothers, Primo & Secondo, who decide to open a restaurant. They serve authentic Italian cuisine, but the public wants to dine at the Americanized Italian restaurant across the street, and business is failing. The brothers finally get their chance when the owner of the restaurant across the street says he will get Louis Prima to come to their restaurant for dinner.
The brothers invite everyone they know and tell the press hoping for a great write up. The stage is set for Big Night, the feast that Primo prepares is of film lore and guests are awed by the quality of the cuisine, but Louis Prima never show, and the rest is history. On January 24, 2008 at 7pm Grotto is once again re-creating the multi-course Big Night dinner, from timpano to whole roasted pig, Grotto will set the stage for our best Big Night ever. Guests are encouraged to dress in fifties-style evening wear like in the movie. The dinner is 75 dollars with house selected wines, or 55 dollars if you wish to choose your own vintage. The event is by reservation only, please call 617 227 3434.