Valentine’s Day was initially celebrated as a Spring Festival in Italy. Celebration for the day was held in the open air. Young people would gather in tree arbors or ornamental gardens and enjoy listening to music and reading of poetry. Later they would stroll off with their Valentine into the gardens. The custom steadily ceased over the course of years and has not been celebrated for centuries.
The celebration of Valentine’s Day in Italy is actually an imported holiday from the American tradition, just like Halloween which was never originally an Italian tradition but is celebrated today. It is a holiday for romantic couples and children do not exchange Valentine cards as they do in the United States.
In the Roman Empire February 14 was a holiday on to celebrate the Queen of Roman gods and goddesses. The ancient Romans also considered this queen named Juno to be the goddess Queen of Women and Marriage.
This Valentine’s, lets celebrate L’amore with a romantic meal at Trattoria al Giardino. Express your love with an authentic Italian experience. That’s amore.
Our Daily Focaccia Bread
Every day both Lunch and Dinner we bake our delicious herbed flat bread and it is complimentarily brought to you to enjoy with your meal.
Focaccia (Italian pronunciation: [foˈkattʃa]) is a flat oven-baked Italian bread product similar in style and texture to pizza doughs. It may be topped with herbs or other ingredients. Focaccia is popular in Italy and is usually seasoned with olive oil and salt, and sometimes herbs, and may be topped with onion, cheese and meat, or flavored with a number of vegetables.
In Ancient Rome, panis focacius was a flat bread baked on the hearth. The word is derived from the Latin focus meaning “hearth, place for baking”. The basic recipe is thought by some to have originated with the Etruscans or ancient Greeks, but today it is widely associated with Ligurian cuisine.
As the tradition spread, the different dialects and diverse local ingredients resulted in a large variety of bread (some may even be considered cake). Due to the number of small towns and hamlets dotting the coast of Liguria, the focaccia recipe has fragmented into countless variations (from the biscuit-hard focaccia of Camogli to the oily softness of the one made in Voltri), with some bearing little resemblance to its original form.
Anyways, we prefer to serve it with our home infused extra virgin olive oil and imported balsamic vinaigrette. Mangia, mangia, che te fa bene.
Giardino’s cordially invites you to join us for a casual tasting of fine Italian wines and authentic Italian appetizers! Castello Banfi manager Dan Peabody will be on hand to talk about the wines and the history of Castello Banfi from Montalcino, Tuscany.
You will have the opportunity to taste four top wines from Tuscany paired with four classic Trattoria al Giardino dishes.
Wednesday March 5, 2014
Cost: $15.00 per person + tax and gratuity
Maschio Prosecco Brut
Castello Banfi San Angelo Pinot Grigio
Banfi “Centine” Super Tuscan Red Blend
Castello Banfi Brunello Di Montalcino
Gamberi in Coperta: Shrimp Wrapped in Prosciutto
Funghi Ripieni: Stuffed Mushrooms with Sausage
Arancini Siciliani: Classic Rice Balls
Scottadito: Lamb Lollipops
RSVP for this event by calling (214) 618-1991 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come join us for our Giardino’s Super Bowl Party in the Bar.
Sunday February 2nd
We will be serving complementary Chicken, Pork, Pasta, Pizza and Polpette (meatballs)
And for dessert Cheese cake, donated by Chelsea Cheesecake Company
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As we all recover from our Christmas celebrations yesterday, we are already looking forward to celebrating the new year next week. I have compiled some Italian traditions for New Year’s Eve to lend inspiration for your own parties and festivities, I hope you enjoy learning about this fabulous culture’s traditions with me!
Throwing Out of Old Pots and Pans
In Italy, especially Southern Italy, Italians bring in the new year by throwing out old pots and pans (and sometimes appliances) into the street. The act is said to dispel bad luck from the new year, or “out with the old, in with the new” as they say. If traveling in Italy this holiday season, be sure to watch out for falling kitchenware as you explore!
Red Underwear for Good Luck
I’m not entirely sure how this one works, but according to Italian tradition, if you wear red underwear on New Year’s Eve, you are sure to encourage good luck for the new year. Go figure! I’m not opposed to new traditions, it is certainly worth a shot!
Like our American traditions for New Year’s Eve, Italians also ring in the new year with champagne toasts and fireworks. Personally, I am partial to both champagne and fireworks, and I will gladly embrace Italian tradition in that regard this season.
Other traditions for an Italian New Year’s celebration include setting a good foundation for the new year with a delicious meal. You of course know where to get a delicious Italian meal! We will be open for New Year’s Eve and we would be honored to ring in the New Year with you.
What traditions do you participate in every year?
Buon Anno from the Trattoria!
The 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!
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