Monday, September 27, 2010

Ornella Welcomes the Mighty Duck Meatball

My beloved Ornella Trattoria is yet again not resting on its laurels. What I love about this homemade Italian eatery is the fact that they're always refreshing their menu and experimenting with innovative dishes that are far more interesting than your customary eggplant parm or penne alla vodka.  This time...Ornella introduces a duck meatball, which headlines their 4-course Tuesday/Wednesday dinner for $35 only (including wine).

Here are the deets about the dinner and the menu breakdown.  If you haven't tried this place yet, I think it'll be time and money well spent.

Ornella's Tuesday/Wednesday Prix-Fixe Dinner

$35 for 4-courses including wine (tax and gratuity not included)

Antipasto: Duck meatball - stuffed with mild cheese and topped with orange and brandy reduction
Intermezzo: Chestnut pasta - with chestnut flour, arugula, shrimp, cherry tomatoes, garlic and olive oil sauce
Main Course: Choice of one of the following:

Short Ribs - braised in red wine and served with gnocchi
Pollo al Pistachio - chicken breast encrusted in pistachio and sauteed in light brown sauce with anise and dry apricot
Pork Chop - stuffed with prosciutto, fontina cheese, sauteed in madera wine and mushroom sauce

Dessert: choice of Italian ricotta cheesecake, tiramisu, chocolate mousse, lemon cake and chocolate eggplant cake (the latter is to die for!)

Ornella Trattoria Italiana
29-17 23rd Avenue, Astoria NY 11105
N/W Train to Ditmars Blvd (last stop)


  1. mmmm! I bought the Ornella Groupon last week and this is the perfect reason to go (although it says it's not valid with any other "promotions" you think the prix fixe would count as such??)

  2. Totally - you go girl :)

    I don't think you can use the groupon for this one but why don't you call and check. Maybe I'm wrong.

  3. The duck meatballs are awesome! They were a special on the night we went and we loved them. My fiance said he'd be happy with a whole "meatloaf" of it. ;)

    I havent tried the chocolate eggplant cake, but I really enjoyed the lemon cake. I love citrus flavored baked goods so it was a great way to end the meal.

  4. I had the duck meatballs yesterday too and they are really out of this world. The citrus glaze is what really did it for me. I'm salivating...



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