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New Year’s Eve Dinner

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For New Year’s Eve, we will be featuring a four-course, fixed-price dinner with seatings from 5-10pm.  Chef Patierno will be offering the following options for each of the four courses:
 

Appetizer selections:
Burrata with microgreens
Lamb skewers
Speck and radicchio risotto
Gnocchi with Gorgonzola and walnuts
Butternut squash ravioli

Salad selections:
Fennel salad
Arugula salad
Radicchio Trevise

Entree selections:
Seafood ravioli
Venison medallions
Chestnut stuffed rabbit
Halibut wrapped in prosciutto
Housemade Lasagna (Mushroom or Bolognese)
Pappardelle al Chinghiale
Veal medallions vespucci

Housemade Desserts

To make a reservation, call 540-253-5501. Space is limited. Menu is subject to change based on availability.

 

Wine, Champagne & Sparkling Wine Tasting

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Sunday, December 10, 3-5pm

Hosted by Max Evans of Siema Wines, this tasting will showcase wine, Champagne and sparkling wines that are perfect for your holiday table!  As always, we will serve Chef Patierno’s light antipasti and the following:
 

 Leo Hillinger, Secco Sparkling Pinot Noir Rosé
 Merotto, Prosecco di Valdobbiadene Superiore Colbelo Extra Dry
 Legras et Haas, Champagne Brut Cuvée Tradition
 Court Garden Vineyard & Winery, Sparkling Brut Rosé
 Eredi Lodali, Langhe Chardonnay
 Finca Río Negro, Vino de la Tierra de Castilla Gewürztraminer
 La Cappuccina, Soave San Brizio Barrique
 Borgo San Daniele, Friuli Isonzo Friulano
 Ze Becco, Montepulciano d’Abruzzo
 Fossi, Toscana Rosso
 Château Réaut, Côtes de Bordeaux
 Vega Clara, Ribera del Duero Selectión
 Capannelle, Chianti Classico Riserva
 Begali, Amarone della Valpolicella Monte Ca’ Bianca
 Intorcia, Zibibbo

Join us for this exciting event by calling the restaurant at 540.253.5501.

 
 
Thanksgiving at Girasole

Thankgsiving Dinner

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Thursday, November 23
Seatings from Noon-5 pm
Cost: $75 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity

Join family and friends, enjoy a wonderful meal, and terrific wines but let us do the work for you!  Chef Patierno’s Thanksgiving menu will feature the perfect selection for everyone.  Whether you want a traditional holiday meal or something slightly different but still seasonal, he’s sure to please with the following selections.

Antipasti
Oysters Florentine 
House Smoked Faroe Island Salmon
  Oxtail & Porcini Ravioli
Burrata with Tuscan Olive Oil
Autumn Soup

Insalate
Caesar
Local House Greens
Arugula, Sliced Pear, Gorgonzola & Walnuts

Piatti Principale
Traditional Roasted Turkey
  Chapel Hill Farm Rose Veal
Venison Medallions with Brandied Cherries
  Wild Rockfish, Pan-Seared with Local Mushrooms

  Dolci e Gelati
Selection of House Made Desserts

* Menu is subject to availability

Reservations will be taken for seatings between noon and 5pm.  Space is limited. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

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Holiday Wine Tasting

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Holiday Wine Tasting

Sunday, November 5, 3-5pm
Hosted by Katie Dorazio, Dalla Terra
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Hosted by Katie Dorazio of Dalla Terra.   Featuring light antipasti and the following wines selected for perfect holiday meal pairings. 

Adami “Vigneto Giardino” Prosecco Di Valdobbiadene Superiore
Masseria Li Veli “Askos” Verdeca Valle D’Itria 
Garofoli “Podium” Verdicchio dei Castelli Di Jesi Classico Superiore
Vietti Roero Arneis
Scaia “Scaia” Garganega Chardonnay
Cleto Chiarli “Premium Vecchia Modena” Lambrusco di Sorbara 
Scaia “Scaia” Corvina Rosso 
Russiz Superiore Cabernet Franc Collio 
Inama “Carmenere Piu” Veneto Rosso 
Aia Vecchia “Lagone” Toscana
Selvapiana “Bucerchiale” Chianti Rufina Riserva 
Vietti “Perbacco” Nebbiolo Langhe
Binomio “Binomio” Montepulciano d’ Abruzzo Riserva 
Casanova Di Neri Brunello Di Montalcino
Badia Coltibuono Vin Santo Del Chianti Classico

Please call the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

 

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Easter at Girasole

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Easter at Girasole

Sunday, April 16 – 12-4:30 pm
Join us on Sunday, April 16 for a wonderful Easter celebration! Reservations will be taken from 12-4:30 pm. Chef Patierno will be serving the dinner menu with the following seasonal specials*:

Appetizers
– Pizza Rustica
– Olives all’Oscalana
– Housemade venison Bresaola with Piemontese ricotta and local Kinloch Farm Inc. honey
– Burrata with chives, microgreens, and artisanal olive oil
– Traditional Easter chicken ravioli

Salads
– Roasted beets, Granny Smith apples, and goal cheese with a sherry vinaigrette
– Shaved fennel, blood oranges, and Mediterranean olives with artisanal olive oil and lemon juice

Main Courses
– Housemade seafood ravioli in a lobster butter sauce (pictured)
– Pistachio fettucine with grilled artichokes
– Beef Barolo in a creamy, herbed polenta
– Pan-sautèed Faroe Island salmon with local mushroom
– Trio of lamb chops, ravioli, and sausage
– Roasted rabbit with chestnuts

Dessert
-Housemade caramel gelato with a hazelnut torte

*Menu is subject to availability

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Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving Dinner

Thursday, November 24
Seatings from Noon-5 pm

Cost: $70 per person, exclusive of beverages, gratuity, and tax

Featuring the following menu choices:

Antipasti
Oysters Florentine
House Smoked Salmon
Ricotta & Spinach Agnolotti in a Cream Sauce
Burrata with Tuscan Olive Oil
Autumn Soup

Insalate
Caesar
Local House Greens
Arugula, Sliced Pear, Gorgonzola & Walnuts

Piatti Principale
Traditional Roasted Turkey
Roasted Ayrshire Farm Rose Veal
Venison Medallions with Brandied Cherries
Pan-seared Faroe Island Salmon with Local Mushrooms & Roasted Cherry Tomatoes
Housemade Pumpkin Ravioli in Sage Butter with Crispy Sweet Potatoes

Dolci e Gelati
Selection of House Made Desserts

** Menu is subject to availability

Holiday Wine Tasting with Max Evans

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Winter Wine Tasting - Girasole, The Plains, VA

Holiday Wine Tasting

Sunday, November 20, 3-5pm
Hosted by Max Evans, Siema Wines
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity
Join us for a tasting of wines that are perfect for the holidays.  Order the day of the tasting and we’ll have your wine ready in time for Thanksgiving!
Featuring light antipasti and the following wines:
Siema Prosecco “Baby” NV
Ridgeview “Bloomsbury Brut” NV
Bricco del Tati Cortese 2015
Barbi Orvieto Classico Abboccato, 2015
Vignamato Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Classico Superiore “Versiano”, 2015
Casale Del Giglio Viognier,  2015
Kaltern Gewurztraminer 2015
Bricco del Tati Barbera 2015
Lacrima di Morro D’ Alba Vignamato 2015
Fossi Toscana Rosso 2011
Begali Valpolicella Classico Sup. 2014 (Ripasso)
Colsanto Sagrantino di Montefalco 2011
Castiglione del Bosco Brunello di Montalcino 2010
Il Borro Toscana, “Il Borro”  2010 (Merlot, Cab, Syrah, Petit Verdot)
Lodali Moscato d’Asti 2015
The cost for the wine tasting is $35 per person, exclusive of tax.  Wine may be purchased at the tasting for competitive retail prices and a 10% discount for full or mixed cases ordered.  Call the restaurant at 540-253-5501 to make a reservation.

Elizabeth Spencer Wine Dinner

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Elizabeth Spencer Wine Dinner

Sunday, October 9, 6:30 pm

Lydia and Lou are thrilled to welcome their friend, Spencer Graham, back to the area, even if only for a visit.  Formerly of Charlottesville, VA, Spencer moved to Napa in the 1990s for love and wine.  It’s there that he founded Elizabeth Spencer Winery with Elizabeth Pressler.  Join us for this special reunion with Spencer and enjoy the following courses with exquisite pairings by Elizabeth Spencer Winery:

Sautéed Gulf Shrimp and Fava Bean Salad
Chenin Blanc 2015

Quail Risotto
Grenache Rosé 2015

Swiss Chard Wrapped Duck Breast in a Sour Cherry Sauce
Sonoma Coast Pinot Noir 2013

Braised Beef Short Ribs with Creamy Herbed Polenta
Napa Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 2013

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Review by Tom Sietsema of The Washington Post

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The following review appears in The Washington Post’s 2016 Spring Dining Guide.

Girasole is the friend you haven’t seen in forever but know you can count on even after a long absence (six years, in my case). The same things I appreciated about the two-story, family-run hunt country retreat back then are the details I applaud now: pastas made in-house, neighborly service and a main dining room that pulls the outdoors in with the help of streams of light and paintings of rolling hills. The fritto misto is terrific: sweet scallops, shrimp, parsley and more in the barest of batters. Soups (rustic white bean with shaved Parmesan) have the edge over salads (arugula with sliced pear and gorgonzola is over-dressed). Specials are exactly that, and if you hear about lamb “three ways,” seize the opportunity to enjoy a chop, sausage and supple ravioli stuffed with the headliner. By all means, finish with the bright orange cake, one of many temptations on the dessert tray. In Italian, the name of the restaurant translates to both “sunflower” and “surrounded by the sun.” In reality, Girasole radiates warmth — and suggests you drop by more often.unspecifiedunspecified-1 unspecified-2unspecified-3