Friday, January 29, 2010

V-Day at Testaccio

I can't believe that Valentine's Day is right around the corner.  While I'm not a huge fan of the ultra expensive Manhattan restaurant options, there are plenty of fun offers happening right here in our nabe.  One that particularly caught my eye this week is Testaccio, the new (and chic) modern Italian eatery in LIC.  While it still offers a prix-fixe menu, the cost isn't exorbitant and the dishes sound scrumptious.  It's an undoubtedly romantic place for you and your special guy or gal.  And if you prefer to spend this day with a big group of great friends, it'll do the trick too. 

Testaccio Valentine's Day Menu: $55 per person (includes a glass of champagne)

Course 1: (choice of)
Cream of artichokes & lemon with chives bigne' (puff pastry)
Grilled jumbo shrimps with red rose sauce, caramelized golden beets & endive
Steamed white asparagus with Gruyere sauce & crispy leeks
Braised short ribs with chocolate & rosemary over soft polenta

Course 2: (choice of)
Lobster ravioli with prosecco & crispy guanciale
Homemade spinach cavatelli with duck sausage & sundried tomatoes served in an Asiago crust
Pistachio-crusted Chilean sea bass with red pepper sauce, manila clams, mashed potatoes & aspiration broccolini
Grilled venison chop with goat cheese crumbles & port wine sauce with sweet potato wedges & baby spinach
Potato crusted Caribbean lobster tail served with ruby grapefruit sauce with black salsify & mache

Course 3:  (choice of)
Molten chocolate cake with pistachio ice cream
Citrus terrine with mango sauce
Chilled vinsanto sabayon with ladyfinger cookies

Testaccio Ristorante - 47-30 Vernon Blvd, Long Island City NY 11101

7 Train to Vernon Blvd/Jackson Avenue

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