Perhaps my favorite Italian cuisine in the United States is from Chef Tom at Tommaso in Brooklyn, NY. Although he is certainly capable of turning out more refined cuisine, I tend to prefer his country-styled, earthly dishes from recipes that have been passed down by his family through the ages.
It has been a long journey for me, some of the highlights include, four years of studying classic cooking in school, apprenticeship at the 21 club, and a summer cooking in the mountains of upstate New York. Also, I spent six months working for Air Lacarte at JFK airport and did a six year stint at Jacques Caterers, a Brooklyn landmark. Eventually I became chef in charge of their catering hall with three banquet rooms.
I think traveling is important. I studied for one month at a fine Piedmontese restaurant in Albaretto della Torre. I continue to travel the world eating at the best in show, as well as advant- garde restaurants, always in learning mode.
At Tommaso we use only the finest produce being as true to traditions as well as open to all influences of worth. But most of all, I subscribe to my Mother's basic instinct to share with joy and integrity to others one own understanding of what's worthwhile in life. No corporate restaurant here!
|Christmas Eve Menu 2014 Seven Fish Dinner|
2 Person Minimum
|All appetizers included in dinner|
|Fish Salad, Baked Clams, Mussels, and Fried Whiting w/ Zucchini & Baccala Balls|
|Pasta choice of: Linguine w/ mixed seafood or Lobster & Shrimp Ravioli|
|Main Course choice of: Baccala Napolitano, Red Snapper, Sole Francese, or Shrimp Americano w/ tartar sauce|
|Dessert choice of: Chocolate Mouse, Connoli, or Italian Cheesecake|
Coffe or Tea
|Ala Carte Offering|
|Oysters Rockefeller (4)||$15|
|Baby Scallops in the Shell||$16|
|Eels in Vinegar||$16|
|Scungilli in Hot Sauce||$16|
|Grilled Veal Chop||$35|
|3lb Lobster any style|
|New Years Eve Dinner Party|
|Starts at 9pm|
|Appetizer choice of :Fresh Mozzarella w/ Roast Peppers, Stuffed Mushrooms, or Spiedini Romana|
|Pasta choice of: Malfatti Tuscana, Lasagna Napolitano, or Penna Vodka Sauce|
|Main Course choice of: Braised Beef, Veal Spiedini, Chicken Tommaso, or Filet of Sole Francese|
(all entrees served w/ potato and veggie)
|Dessert choice of: Chocolate Mouse or Cannoli|
|Sparkling toast at 12 (Noisemakers, hats, and poppers provided at midnight)|