Behind those curtains was Great-aunt Zia's summer kitchen and a table on which they made cavatelli
That's why the menu features popular dishes such as fish and chips or crab cakes, she says, as well as more distinctive dishes like ricotta cavatelli
or smoked clam dip with house-made potato chips, all created by Executive Chefs Logen Crew and Jennifer West.
GARDEN PEA and TRUFFLE CAVATELLI
Serves 4 For the cavatelli
: 1 pound fine durum wheat flour, plus more, as needed 1 1/4 cups very cold water For the dish: 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Australian truffles 1/2 cup creme fraiche, whipped to soft peaks 2 tablespoons butter 4 ounces water 1 clove garlic, peeled and smashed 1 cup fresh English peas Salt to taste Shaved truffled, as needed [ILLUSTRATION OMITTED] FOR THE CAVATELLI
: In the bowl of a food processor fitted with the metal blade, add the flour and pulse a few times to aerate.
Unsurprisingly, it's Italian and offers handcrafted mozzarella, fresh cavatelli
pasta and pizzas baked in wood-burning ovens.
Exclusive to Club Members, the event will take place in The Vanderbilt Mansion and feature a Napa-theme, with customized menu items such as Cavatelli
e Gamberoni (Gulf prawns alla plancha with ricotta and Santa Barbara sea urchin pasta and shellfish brood) and Carre d'Agnello alla Griglia(Cabernet-cane grilled rack of lamb macerated in fermenting cabernet grape leaf with ash-cured chickpea polenta, chanterelles and fresh chick peas, and crisp Tuscan kale with jus of fermenting Cabernet).
Among the classes offered is a hands-on lesson in making orecchiette and a cavatelli
dish with fennel and tomatoes.
Meanwhile, in a large pot of boiling salted water, cook cavatelli
until al dente.
The veal scallopini with lemon sauce was perfectly cooked; the divine pesto sauce is made fresh when ordered; the traditional bronzini --whole sea bass baked in salt and served tableside, was magnifico ; and the cavatelli
(a small, shell-shaped pasta) with porcini mushroom sauce was so subtle, earthy and flavourful that when I tried it on my second visit I completely failed to do my job as a food writer and ordered it again on my third.
Selections include cavatelli
, ditali, spaghetti, and linguini.
The current menu features Alaska ciopinno--a San Francisco-based Italian seafood dish made Alaskan style with local fish, shellfish and prawns; braised short ribs with butternut squash risotto; and a vegetarian baked ricotta cavatelli
with marinara and pine nut pesto, all made fresh in-house under the direction of the chef de cuisine, Chris Rattaro.
They, along with the hand-cut cavatelli
with smoked cepe mushrooms and white forest gateau was just what the vegetarian doctor ordered.
Illustrated in full color, the recipes range from Lobster Salad with Haricots Verts; Sauteed Diver Scallops with Cauliflower, Capers, and Almonds; and Pasta with Heirloom tomatoes, Fresh Mozzarella, Basil, and Balsamic Vinaigrette; to Cavatelli
with Braised Duck; Roasted Garlic and Almond Flan with Asparagus and Wild Mushrooms; and Chocolate Short Bread, "The Bryant Family Vineyard Cookbook" is a compendium of elegant, highly recommended, yet thoroughly 'kitchen cook friendly' dining ideas and dishes.