Archives: December 2015

Christmas Eve

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Thursday, December 24, 4:30-9pm
Offering the dinner menu with festive chef specials


Note: Girasole will be closed on Christmas Day.

New Year’s Eve

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Thursday, December 31
2 Seatings: 5-6:30pm and 8-10pm
Four-Course Meal
Cost: $90 per person, exclusive of beverages, gratuity, and tax
Appetizer selections:
Olives all’Ascolana
Lamb skewers
Speck and radicchio risotto
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and walnuts
Cappalacci di Zucca

Salad selections:
Fennel salad
Arugula salad
Radicchio Trevise

Entree selections:
Seafood ravioli
Venison medallions
Chestnut stuffed rabbit
Fish (based on availability)
Lasagna Bolognese
Pappardelle al Chinghiale
Veal medallions vespucci

Housemade Desserts

* Menu subject to change based on availability.

Tiramisu, Chef Patierno’s Tiramisu Recipe, Girasole, The Plains, VA

Chef Patierno’s Tiramisu Recipe

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Need some comfort food during these dark days of Winter? Impress your family and friends with this simple, yet delicious Italian classic. The recipe serves eight and takes only twenty minutes to prepare (and then approximately 4 hours to chill.)

4 egg yolks
¾ cup (150 grams) granulated sugar
1 pound mascarpone
8 ladyfingers
2 shots espresso
8 ounces Marsala wine
1 tablespoon cocoa powder
1 tablespoon confectioners’ sugar

Beat the eggs and sugar until firm. Add the mascarpone and continue whipping until thickened. Combine the espresso and the Marsala in a small bowl. Dip the ladyfingers into the liquid mixture. Place the moistened ladyfingers in the bottom of a glass dish and top with the mascarpone mixture. Decorate with cocoa powder and powdered sugar. Chill and serve.