Thursday, February 11, 2010

Winner, Winner: Birthday Dinner

Wifey's birthday.  Dinner at Nello's Place - a Cowtown restaurant that's favored by the carriage crowd.  We'll have drinks in the bar.  Wifey always asks for a white wine.  Me?  Always Blue Saphire up, shaken, not stirred.  1 olive.  1 onion.

Once seated in the booth I have reserved the waiter will bring French bread along with an antipasto plate (I know the drill).   It's somewhat like the one in the photo.  A favorite.  Then salad.  Sometimes I'll ask for their tomato and anchovy salad.  It's better than an Eskimo Pie on the Fourth of July. 

It's always a tough decision to choose what to eat at Nello's.  It's all good.  Some things are better than o those which we prepare at home.  Some are not.  Take pasta.  My killer sauce is hard to beat and much better than what can be had in any eatery.   We'll pass on ordering pasta and choose something else.  Like veal.  Or seafood.  Maybe chicken.  Here's a portion of the menu:

Famous Specialties
Steak Diane

Pepper Steak

Bistecca Capriccio

Dungeness Crab Cake

Veal, Scampi, Scallops

Rack of Lamb (for 2)

Dungeness Crab Legs

Salto In Bocca (Romana)

Veal Piccata - Butter, Lemon, Capers

Veal Scalloppine Marsala (Mushroom)

Veal Zingara - Prosciutto, Mushroom, Peas

Veal Dore Francese - Butter, Lemon, Mushrooms

Stuffed Veal Rollitini (House Specialty)

Veal Cutlet Cordon Bleu (Prosciutto & Cheese)

Veal Cutlet - Parmigiana or Milanese

Veal L Bell Pepper, Mushroom, Tomatoes

Combination Veal Picatta & Scampi

Scampi della Casa (House Specialty)

Scampi Fra Diavolo, Pasta & Tomatoes

Scampi Tempura (Beer Batter)

Steamed Clams Posillipo (House Specialty)

Australian Lobster Tail

Filet of Red Snapper Piccata

Filet of Petrale Sole

Calamari Steak Dore

Calamari - Fried or Saut0 (T & T)

Scallops Dore - Butter, Lemon, Mushrooms

Scallops Tempura (Beer Batter)

Seafood Platter - Scampi, Scallops, Sole

Lobster, Scampi & Clams, Linguini for 2 (House Specialty)

Filet of Halibut, Italian Style

Seafood Fettuccine (White or Red)

Surf L Turf (Lobster L NY Steak)

Scampi & Steak

Cioppino (Fish Stew)

Breast of Chicken Parmigiana

Breast of Chicken Allegro - Butter, Lemon, Capers

Breast of Chicken Rossini (House Specialty)

Breast of Chicken Modenese

Chicken Cacciatora House Specialty)

Chicken Sauté Sec Mushroom

Eggplant Parmigiana

Is this making you hungry?

There's not a lot of light in this place which makes it hard to read the menu.  It's a good thing to take a flashlight.  A lot of people do.  I've got a headlamp that I'll pass around the table.  You know the kind.  Mountain climbers and backpackers use them.  It's a good idea to know what you want to order before heading to the restaurant.  Saves hauling out the flashlight or looking stupid with a headlamp wrapped around your head. 

What would you order for a Winner Winner Birthday Dinner?

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La Roo said...

Off this menu probably,
hmmm lets see....
Breast of Chicken Allegro
Steak Diane
Oh, but probably your killer pasta and sauce at home would work the best for me. :)

Bob said...

Laroo: You're right on track, girl.

Did you ever meet a steak named Diane?

DNA said...

Would love to have your recipe for your killer sauce. My family says mine is pretty good. I would like to try yours against mine.

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