Get your napkins ready!
For Italian Americans it’s an important deal, that celebrates their Italio-American heritage more than the Italian Saint’s martyrdom. In Italy, where there are processions in the streets and all sorts of street food, the parties have passed having begun September 19th.
But hey, Goombah, this is America and we’re doing it our way.
Naturally it’s a weekend full of good eating. But if you, like some of us, would rather not brave crowds and endure hassles, you can join the gaiety in a relaxed and civilized setting at Dominick's or Little Dom’s where Chef Brandon Boudet, an Italian by way of New Orleans, always puts out a great spread.
Dominick’s, a legendary Rat Pack hangout, dates back to the Forties (with a few years break between now and then) . And Chef Boudet has modified traditional southern Italian fare by using local farmer’s market ingredients and a lighter hand with his cooking.
This year from September 26 through the 29th exclusively, he’s celebrating the famous street food of Sicily with the deep-fried stuffed rice balls called aracini. And this being America, he does his own thing with the delicious fillings—there’s even a dessert rice ball. Take a look at his arancini menu.
· Sausage & Peppers with Sweet Italian Sausage, Tomato & Smoked Scarmorza Cheese
· Chicken Parmesan with Roasted Chicken Thighs, Tomato, Crushed Red Pepper & Fresh Mozzarella
· Shrimp Scampi with Garlic, White Wine, Butter & Fresh Herbs
· The Hipster (vegetarian & gluten-free) with Carnaroli Rice, Market Summer Vegetables & Housemade Almond Milk Ricotta
· Nutella filled with Vanilla Bean & Mascarpone with Raspberry Dipping Sauce
Bon Appetitte !