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Archives: November 2013

Happy Thanksgiving

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Roast Turkey and StuffingThe first Italian-American Thanksgiving I attended, I was absolutely stuffed with rigatoni and antipasti before I even got to the turkey. As is usual for Italian culture, an abundance of food and wine and good company is always in order, whether preparing for a holiday feast or an every day family dinner.

For this Thanksgiving, I’m reminded of how much we have to be thankful for at Trattoria. We opened almost 5 months ago, and in that time we have made so many new friends as well as reconnected with old ones. We’ve watched the seasons turn from perfect patio weather to perfect fireplace weather. Through all the good as well as growing times, we’ve been able to bond with each other and our patrons with good food, good wine, and family atmosphere.

For this holiday season, whether it is spent away from home or with a large group of loved ones, we are thankful for you and your continued patronage. Please enjoy this holiday and we look forward to hearing about your celebration. Join us in the Italian way of giving thanks daily and living each day to the fullest, for this Thanksgiving as well as everyday. Happy Thanksgiving!

New Happy Hour Menus

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Happy HourWe are pleased to announce our new Happy Hour Menus are ready! The new menus offer several additional features, giving you more reason to come visit us between 4:00 PM and 7:00 PM, Monday through Friday! Here are a few new motives:

  1.  Complimentary Pizza: Need we say more?
  2. New Featured Wines: We are now offering two new reds and two new white wines for your happy hour enjoyment. Cechi Sangiovese and Citra Cabernet, as well as Rex Goliath Chardonnay and Stemmari Pinot Grigio.
  3. Perfect Setting for Happy Hour Groups: We’ve had the pleasure of hosting several happy hour groups, and we hope you will be next!

Happy Hour prices and specials are only available in the bar, please see the full menu here.

Well there you have it, you now have no excuse to stay away from our Happy Hour and we expect to see you soon!

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Thank you Sandra for taking the time to share your experience at Trattoria al Giardino

From:   http://sandra5dotcom.wordpress.com/2013/07/12/new-italian-restaurant-in-frisco-definitely-worth-a-try/

” New Italian Restaurant in Frisco Definitely Worth a Try

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Image2010 Italian Rosso di Montalcino, a velvety smooth red

We recently tried a new dining option in Frisco, the Trattoria al Giardino located at Hwy 121 and Legacy in Frisco. We arrived on a Saturday with a 7 pm reservation, and the restaurant was buzzing with folks enjoying the warm ambience of the dining area. At that point, the Trattoria had only been open a week, and like any new restaurant, we expected some hiccups. There were just some minor ones, related to service, but overall, once the kinks and the “opening jitters” are worked out, the service will likely be impeccable.

Now to the best part – the food and wine. Our group of four ordered the clams cooked in a white wine sauce, which, in my humble opinion, were the best of the four apps we had. We also tried the carpaccio, which was served with slices of parmesan cheese on a bed of greens. Not the traditional way to serve carpaccio (I’m partial to the capers/aioli sauce version), but it was an interesting take on the dish. We also tried the calamari, fried and tasty, served with the red sauce you’d expect, and embellished with slivers of fried artichoke (a nice touch). We also had the mussels, which were initially brought to our table by mistake (instead of the clams), but the error was immediately corrected, and the attentive manager told us to enjoy the mussels, and then the clams were brought over right away. The mussels were fabulous, served in a small black pot, steaming hot and sitting in a buttery sauce – which then of course was quite suitable for dipping the focaccia bread into. Really good stuff!

Each of the entrees were served up promptly, and my “Vitello al Limone” – the veal scaloppini with white wine, capers, and lemon – was tender and delectable. Served with a side of roasted zucchini, potatos and carrots, the veal was light and very flavorful, with the hint of lemony capers adding a zesty flair. My husband ordered the Osso Bucco, which arrived on a bed of lovely risotto. He gave me a bite of both, and both the meat and the risotto were fabulous. I went back for several forkfuls of the risotto.

The entire meal was accompanied by a super Italian red wine – a 2010 Rosso di Montalcino. Velvety smooth, yet bold, it was the perfect accompaniment to all of our entrees. Last but not least, the four of us split the Tiramisu. My husband has made this dessert for our family, so I’m slightly partial to his, but Trattoria’s version was quite enjoyable and served artistically with a cocoa powder outline of a spoon and fork decorating the plate.

All in all, we had great time at Trattoria al Giardino, and I’d recommend stopping by. Make a reservation because it’s likely going to stay busy.”