On the Menu: Italian Luncheon

Craig Wallen At charming West Village newcomer Spasso (Italian for “amusement”), executive chef Craig Wallen has created a crowd-pleasing menu of traditional and contemporary regional dishes. A Michael White protégé who also cooked with Mario Batali at Lupa, Wallen knows his way around an Italian kitchen and delivers the seasonal, osteria-inspired fare to prove it. If you're looking for a leisurely way to spend this Friday's lunch hour, we invite you to join us at the Beard House for an Italian meal prepared by Wallen. Click here to make a reservation. Hors d’Oeuvre Chicken Liver Crostini Lardo Fried Oysters with Lemon–Caper Crema Stracciatella Cheese on Grilled Bread Pairings: Opera 02 Lambrusco Rosé 2009; Opera 02 Lambrusco Amabile 2009 Luncheon Rabbit Sott’olio with Roasted Carrots and Arugula Pairing: Pacherhof Kerner 2009 English Pea and Prawn Ravioli with Tarragon and Lemon Butter Pairing: Bruna Pigato Le Russeghine 2009 Ricotta Strascinari with Marsala-Braised Duck Leg and Smoked Scamorza Pairing: Tenute Mater Domini Salice Salentino Riserva Casili 2007 Grilled Lamb Chops with Tomato Marmellata and Vincotto Pairing: Paolo Bea Rosso de Véo 2005 Chocolate–Caramel Tart with Whipped Espresso Cream

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