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!
|White Truffle Dinner 2014|
|Crème of Leek Soup w/ Duck Confit & Black Truffle from Alba|
|Cotechino w/ Lentils|
|Tajarin (Tagliatelle) Piemontese w/ White Truffle from Alba|
|Stuffe Quails w/ Black Truffle from alba|
|Brasato al Barolo w/ Black Truffle from Alba|
|Butterscotch Pudding Albesi|
|Ala Carte Offering|
|Cream of Choke Soup w/ Duck Sausage|
|Carne Cruda Albanese (Raw Veal Appetizer)|
|Gnocchi con Salsa di Castelmagno|
|Broiled Veal Chop w/ Goose Liver|
|Thanksgiving Day Dinner 2014|
|Creme of Chestnut Soup|
|Choice of: |
Rigatoni w/ Meat Sauce, Ricotta & Baby Meat Balls
or Autumn Salad
|Fresh Roasted Washington State Turkey Savory Sausage, Rice & Mushrooms Stuffing, Candied Yams, and Creamed Cauliflower.|
|Choice of Pumkin Pie, Cheesecake, or Tortini|
|* We will be offering our ala carte menu as well, with some limits.|