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Trip to Sicily – May 5 – 16, 2014

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We are planning an exclusive trip to the Sicily region of Italy from May 5th through May 16th. Our tour is small and personal. Local food and wine combined with the history and folklore of the local area. We will stay at Agriturismi when possible. We will visit a Marsala producer, a wine maker, almond and pistachio growers, Sicilian pottery shop, a puppet show, and local markets.

The group is limited to 10 persons. The package price is $3,200 per person and includes transportation to and from the Palermo airport, transportation throughout the tour, accommodations, breakfasts and dinners, and five lunches. Airfare and taxes are excluded.

For more information, visit To make a reservation, please call Lydia Patierno at 540-253-5501. $1,000 deposit required to secure your reservation.

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Art Show & Sale

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Sunday, December 15th from 12 to 5 pm

Join us at Girasole on Sunday, December 15th for a showing of artist Robert Patierno’s work. The brother of Chef Louis Patierno, Robert has exhibited his paintings, prints and drawings in galleries and museums throughout Europe and across the United States. Girasole is proud to display his art throughout the restaurant, including the mural that greets patrons as they enter from the patio. Join us for light antipasti and amazing art as we celebrate the creativity of the Patierno brothers!

Introducing Girasole Marketplace

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We are proud to announce the Girasole Marketplace! See our fine selections below to help make your holiday season easy and enjoyable.

Wine Sales
Love your bottle of wine? All of our wine is available for purchase to immediately take home with you.

You may also place an order for wine at competitive retail pricing. All orders are available for pick-up within 5 business days. Ask your server or the host for more information. Buy a case of wine and receive a 10% discount on your order.

Our country Tuscan loaf is house made and appreciated for its crunchy crust and soft center. Take one home and enjoy for $9 per loaf.

Olive Oil
Enjoy only the best artisanal Extra Virgin Olive Oil.
Castello di Poppiano: $38 a bottle or $34 when ordering 6 or more bottles.
Isole e Olena: $28 a bottle or $25 when ordering 12 or more bottles.

Gift Baskets
Let us assemble a custom gift basket just for you. Available for $50, $100, $150, or $200, each basket will be specifically designed to delight your tastes. We’ll include wine, artisanal olive oil, bread, house smoked meats and salmon, specialty cheeses, or a gift certificate. We’re also happy to wrap your purchase to make gift-giving easy and enjoyable.

Gift Certificates
Give a Girasole gift certificate for that special someone, the gourmand, the wine connoisseur, or the hard to buy for friend or family member. Available in varying amounts.



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Northern Virginia Magazine

“No, no. Not the bunny,” says a woman to her server, responding to an early fall special of braised rabbit loin stuffed with Italian chestnuts, with a side of rabbit ravioli, in deeply meaty rabbit pan sauce. I smiled, having already ordered the dish, on special.

At Girasole it’s not necessary to open the menu. The printed version doesn’t change, which means you must listen to the long list of specials. (Thankfully, on busy weekends there is a print out.)

A salad (on special) has the balanced proportions of a Zac Posen dress: crisply American with of-the-season figs from Chantilly, mixed greens, house-cured pancetta and tangy chevre. Earlier in the year, pinky-purple-tinged octopus, (on special) colored from a braise in red wine, was draped in Italian oil with beautiful summer microgreens performing as edible art.

Scoop: Desserts don’t change as seasonally, but really, chocolate is never out. A slice of gianduia, dense as ganache, marries chocolate and hazelnut in such a pure fashion that it will make you rethink your devotion to store-bought Nutella.

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Dinning In Middleburg – Kliman Online

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Todd – My husband and I are considering a mini staycation/babymoon out at the Salamander Resort in Middleburg. The resort looks wonderful, but I dont think we want to eat on premise (eek – terrible Post write up.. have you been out?).

So the question, is there anywhere wonderful in Middleburg or even nearby you would recommend? Have you heard anything about the latest with Ashby Inn’s chef?

Todd Kliman:

What I’d do, if I were you, is book a table at Girasole, in the Plains.

It’s about an eight-mile drive south — take you about 15 minutes.

And then you’ll settle in to a cozy, soft-lit dining room for a good, relaxing meal of casual Italian cooking. It’s an enjoyable restaurant. Not a splurge of a meal kind of place, not a gastronomic getaway — but the kind of place you wish were closer to the city, because you could see yourself going once a month.

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Thanksgiving Dinner

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Join us for a delectable and memorable Thanksgiving meal. The four course, fixed priced meal will feature traditional Thanksgiving dishes as well as other specials created by Chef Patierno for those looking for something a little different this year.

Featuring the following menu choices:
Oysters Florentine
House Smoked Scottish Salmon
Butternut Squash Ravioli
Burrata with Tuscan Olive Oil
Autumn Soup

Salad Course
Local House Greens
Arugula with Shaved Pecorino, Lemon & Olive Oil

Main Course
Traditional Roasted Turkey
Roasted Ayrshire Rose Veal
Venison Medallions with Brandied Cherries
Wild Rockfish, Pan-Seared with Local Mushrooms

Selection of House Made Desserts

Dinner reservations are available from noon until 5 pm on Thursday, November 28th. The cost is $65 per person, exclusive of beverages, taxes, and gratuity. To make a reservation, please call 540.253.5501. Limited seating so please make your reservation today.

Truffle Dinner

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Sunday, October 6, 6:30 pm at Girasole
Hosted by Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Winery
Cost: $195 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Join us in celebrating Italian white truffles! Chef Patierno and Lydia Patierno will feature their annual Italian Piedmont Truffle dinner on Sunday, October 6th at 6:30 pm. Hosted by their friend and truffle enthusiast, Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Wines, the fix-priced, seven course meal with wine pairings will give tribute to authentic Piedmont truffles shipped directly from Italy to Girasole. The white truffle, also known as the Alba Madonna, will be featured in dishes such as tenderloin carpaccio with micro greens and a poached farm egg in a rich porcini broth. See the full menu below under upcoming events. The cost is $195 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

Featuring the following courses and wine pairings:
Carpaccio di Carne alla Piemontese Accompagnato da Microinsalatina e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Classic Piemontese Carpaccio with Micro Greens & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Dolcetto d’Alba 2011

Pasta di Castagne alla Piemontese Fatta in Casa e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
House Made Piemontese Chestnut Pasta & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2009

Uovo Affogato al Brodo di Porcini Servito con Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Poached Farm Egg in Rich Porcini Broth & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Langhe Rosso ‘Pinot Noir’ 2009

Insalata Verde dell’Orto
Local Mixed Greens, Artisanal Olive Oil & Crostini
Vajra Langhe Bianco ‘Riesling’ 2011

Risotto alla Piemontese e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Piemontese Carnaroli Risotto & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra KYE ‘Freisa’ 2009

Coniglio Arrosto e Scaglie di Tartufo Bianco
Roasted Rabbit & Shaved White Truffles
Vajra Barolo ‘Bricco delle Viole’ 2008

Torta alla Nocciola e Panna Cotta al Tartufo Bianco
Hazelnut Torte & White Truffle Panna Cotta

Rappahannock Cellars Wine Dinner

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We’re excited to announce that Rappahannock Cellars will join us in hosting a fixed price, five-course dinner on Sunday, September 8 at 6 pm. Each course will be paired with an exceptional wine by Rappahannock Cellars. The menu and pairings include:

Mussels Casino with Roasted Peppers and Onions
Rappahannock Viognier 2012

Braised Pork Belly with Apple Cider Reduction
Rappahannock Chardonnay 2011

Risotto of Wild Local Mushrooms
Rappahannock Cabernet Franc 2011

Roasted Rabbit Stuffed with Italian Chestnuts
Rappahannock Meritage 2011

Late-Summer Fruit Tart
Rappahannock Vidal Late Harvest 2008

John and Kelly Delmare, owners of Rappahannock Cellars, began their careers as vintners in the Santa Clara Valley of California, but yearned for a more family oriented place to raise their twelve children. They found the Piedmont region of Virginia to be the perfect place for family and wine! We’re pleased that our family business will team up with theirs to bring you an evening of delicious food and spectacular wine. Allan Delmare will join us for this event. The cost of the dinner is $ 85 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity. To make a reservation, please call Girasole at 540-253-5501.

Patio Wine Tasting

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Sunday, July 21, 3pm – 5 pm at Girasole
Hosted by Katie Dorazio representing boutique Italian vintners
Cost: $35 per person Featuring light anitipasti and the following wines:

Cleto Chiarli, Lambrusco di Sorbara Vecchia Modena N/V
Alois Lageder, Muller Thurgau 2011
Tentae Lageder, Pinot Grigio Porer Biodynamic 2011
Aia Vecchia, Vermentino 2012
Tascante, Buonora 2012
Tenuta Sant Antonio Scaia Bianco 2012
Tenuta Sant Antonio Scaia Rosso 2011
Badia Coltibuono, Chianti Classico Organic 2009
Selvapiana Chianti Rufina Riserva Bucerchiale 2009
Poliziano Vino Nobile di Montepulciano 2010
Boroli, Barolo 2007
Aia Vecchia, Lagone 2010
Tenuta Sant Antonio, Valpolicella Ripasso Monti Garbi 2010
Aia Vecchia, Sorugo 2008
Badia Coltibuono, Vin Santo Organic 2006

Fall Trip to Sicily

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Travel to Sicily and you’ll be taken back in time to the beginning of the Greek empire. In a small group setting, you’ll learn about how the land was settled by the Greeks and then inhabited by the Corinthians, Romans, Arabs, Normans, French, and Spaniards before it became part of Italy.

As a small group, we’ll discover the island for ourselves through its food, architecture, culture, history, and people. The ten-day journey will begin in the capital city of Palermo along the western coast of the island. We are introduced to the Island of Sicily as we travel the small, winding streets of the bustling city exploring the open-air food, clothing, and spice markets. We travel along the coast, stopping in the port town of Trapani, an ancient city that has been vital to the island’s salt trade and tuna fishing industries. Then, we travel to Erice, Siracusa, and Agrigento where we see ancient Greek temples comparable to those in Athens. Our journey continues onto the towns of Noto, known for its gelato, and Taormina, next to the snowy slopes of Mt. Etna.

Our accommodations each night are at an Italian country home, referred to by Italians as an agriturismo, where we enjoy home cooked meals, comfortable furnishings, and the companionship of our Italian hosts and guides. Reserve your spot soon for our upcoming trip. We will depart on October 21st and return on November 1st. The cost of the trip, excluding airfare and taxes, is $3,200. Visit for complete information and the itinerary. Call Lydia Patierno at 540.253.5501 to make your reservation.

Buon Viaggio!