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Easter - Girasole, The Plains, VA, Middleburg, VA, Salamander Spa and Resort

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*:

– 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

– 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

-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:

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

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


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