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Girasole Offers A Delicious Bit of Italy

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By Middleburg Eccentric

Everyone knows what makes a house a home.  It’s cozy, inviting, filled with loved ones, good food, and everyone’s welcome, especially around the holidays.  That’s also what makes a great restaurant your home away from home, and that’s what you’ll find  At Girasole, in The Plains.

Not only will you enjoy fantastic regional Italian food by Chef Lou Patierno, but you will applaud the special dinner events they offer.

There are wine tastings and wine dinners every month; sponsor trips to Italy; an aperitivo bar; and, during the holiday season special food baskets; catering; party hosting, wine sales; and gift certificates.
Chef Patierno uses locally grown produce and meats in his recipes including mushrooms from North Cove Mushrooms, figs from Ticonderoga Farms, and organic beef and chicken from Ayrshire Farms.
“I was inspired by a trip to my aunt’s house in Ferrara in Northern Italy, when I was a teenager,” he explained.

“I fell in love with Italian cuisine.”

Trained at the Culinary Institute of America at Hyde Park, and later at the famed Tiberio in Washington, DC, Chef Patierno brings passion and expertise to his cooking.

“My approach is straightforward.  I want the natural flavors to come through which requires the very best ingredients.  Securing fresh products, especially locally sourced, is a requirement therefore to make a successful dish,” he emphasized.

Next month to celebrate truffle season, Chef Patierno and his wife, Lydia, who also trained at the Culinary Institute of America, will feature their annual Piedmont Truffle Dinner on Sunday, November 11 at 7 pm.

Hosted by their friend, Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Wines, the seven courses will include tenderloin carpaccio with micro greens and shaved white truffles, Piedmontese carnaroli  truffle risotto, proscuitto wrapped Ayshire Farm rose veal and sweetbread studded agnolotti with shaved white truffles.

Other upcoming events include a Thanksgiving wine tasting on November 18 at 3 pm where fifteen wines will be offered to taste and to purchase to ensure that your Thanksgiving meal has perfect wine pairings.  But if you don’t want to cook on Thanksgiving, join the Patierno family for a traditional Thanksgiving dinner from noon to five.  For only $65 per person, you’ll enjoy a traditional meal with optional Italian-inspired side dishes.

Locals will enjoy Girasole’s new Apertivo Bar.  Small plate pastas, pizzas and other delectable bites and specialty cocktails are available each Sunday through Thursday from 4:30 to 6:30 in the lovely lounge area. For those who wish to learn from Chef Patierno, a cooking class, takes place periodically at the sister restaurant, Panino, in nearby Manassas, Virginia.

Lydia Patierno runs the dining area and she and her servers, that sometimes include her grown children and nephew, know how to ensure that everyone is treated exceptionally well and leaves happy.
Girasole is open everyday Monday through Saturday from 4:30 to 10 pm and Sunday from 11 am to 9 pm.  They can be found on the web at www.girasoleva.com and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/girasoleva   For more information or to make a reservation, call 540-253-5501.

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