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!
|Mother's Dinner 2015|
|Mother's Day Soup Primavera|
|Special Antipasto Ida-Style|
Rigatoni w/ meatballs
Lasagna Napolitano di construtured
Braised Lamb Shank w/ Roasted Potatoes|
Stuffed Pork Chop w/ Mashed Potatoes
Chicek Breast Tuscana w/ Spinach & Mushrooms
Chicken Cutlet Parmigiano w/ Roasted Potatoes
Veal Sorrentina w/ Roasted Potatoes
Veal Rollitini w/ Roasted Potatoes
Filet of Sole Franchese w/ Rice & Peas
Baked Salmone w/ Rice & Peas
Fresh Ham w/ Homemade Apple Sauce
Italian Cheescake, Tortoni, or Cannoli
|Ala Carte Menu|
|Asparagi Con Parmigiano Reggiano||$14|
||Gnocchi Four Cheese||$20||Cnocchi Sorrentino||$20||Penne Vodka Sauce||$20||Entree
||Monkfish Provencale||$32||Gamberoni Agrodolce (sprimp combined with eggplant and peaches)||$34||Spiedini Ciciliana (four rolls - veal rolls on a skewer w/ onions)||$32||Costoletta di Vitello ai Ferri (Grilled veal Chop w/ Sauted Mushrooms)||$36||Ribeyeed Steak (Brooklyn Style)||$36||Pollo Ripieno alla Tommaso (boned chicken stuffed sausage, nuts, raisins, etc)||$28|