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Chef Patierno

Cooking Class, Italian, Girasole, The Plains, VA

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, February 7, 6:30pm
Antipasti & Soups
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

Come enjoy a cooking demonstration by Chef Patierno, followed by dinner.  On February 7 at 6:30pm, Chef Patierno will demonstrate antipasti and several regional Italian soups.  Then on March 7 at 6:30pm, we’ll feature the ever-popular pasta making!  Come learn some new dishes, enjoy a nice dinner following the cooking demonstration, and perhaps make new friends.  The cost is $85 per person, which includes dinner, or 3 classes can be purchased for $225.  To make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 540-253-5501.

Truffle Dinner - Girasole

6 Course Annual Truffle Dinner

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6 Course Annual Truffle Dinner

Sunday, November 13, 6:30 pm
Hosted by Francesca Vaira, GD Vajra
Cost: $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Our annual Truffle Dinner celebrates the famed white truffle from Italy’s Piedmont region.  Hosted by Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Wines, the white truffle of the Piedmont region will be featured in each of the six courses, paired with wines from G.D. Vajra Estate. The cost is $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

Since Roman times, truffles have been hunted for both their aphrodisiac qualities and taste.  The white truffle, also referred to as the White Diamonds of Alba, found in the Piedmont region of Italy is known for its enigmatic smell, with hints of fermented honey, hay, garlic, spices, and wet earth. Girasole’s white truffles are hunted by Ezio and his prized, four-legged companion, Jolly.

Chef Patierno, always committed to using only quality ingredients, transforms the white truffle into complex dishes that show with one bite why the truffles have been prized for centuries. Girasole’s fix-priced, six course meal with wine pairings by G.D. Vajra will give tribute to the Piedmont truffles and will delight every palate.

Chef Patierno’s menu for 2016 is inspired by traditional regional Italian dishes and locally available, seasonal ingredients that highlight the flavors of the white truffle.

Featuring the following courses and wine pairings by G.D. Vajra:

Antipasti
Della Neve Nebbiolo Rose Brut N/V

Raviolo bergese e scaglie di tartufo bianco
Ricotta and local farm egg yolk ravioli with shaved white truffle
Barbera d’Alba Superiore 2013

Insalata verde dell’orto con capasanta e olio di tartufo bianco
Local greens with white truffle oil and seared Diver scallop
Riesling ‘Langhe Bianco’ 2015

Risotto alla Piemontese e scaglie di tartufo bianco
Piedmontese carnaroli risotto with shaved white truffle
Freisa ‘Kyé’ 2011

Cotoletta di vitello e scaglie di tartfufo bianco
Milk-fed veal chop with shaved white truffle
Barolo ‘Ravera 2011
Borolo ‘Bricco della Viole’ 20

Dolce al tartufo bianco
Dessert
Moscati d’Asti 2015

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

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, October 4, 6:30 pm
Dishes of the Emilia Romagna region
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, July 12, 6:30 pm
Dishes of Veneto
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class 1

Tuesday, June 14, 6:30 pm
Dishes of the Piedmont Region
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing

To make a reservation, please call the restaurant at 540-253-5501.

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno
Tuesday, May 17, 6:30 pm
Classic Roman Dishes
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno
Tuesday, April 26, 6:30 pm
Regional Italian Sauces
Cost: $85 per person, including dinner and wine pairing

Chef Patierno is hosting another cooking class on Tuesday, April 26 at 6:30 pm.  In this  hands-on class, you will create sauces from various regions of Italy.   After the class, enjoy the fruits of your labor by enjoying a meal with the sauces prepared earlier and paired wine.  The cost is $85 per person, which includes the meal, but is exclusive of tax.  Space is limited to keep the class-size small.  Call the restaurant at 540.253.5501 to make a reservation.

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Tuesday, February 23, 6:30 pm
Featuring 3 Regional Pasta Dishes
Cost: $85 per person, with pasta and wine pairings included

Father's Day - Girasole - In The Plains, VA, near Middleburg and Salamander Spa and Resort

Father’s Day

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Sunday, June 21
Join us this Father’s Day to celebrate dad. Relieve him from grill duty and let Chef Patierno do the cooking! During our dinner service (5-9 pm) Chef Patierno will feature the following specials designed specifically to celebrate Father’s Day.

Featuring light antipasti and the following wines from Central Italy:
Mixed grill
Veal chop pan-seared with fresh herbs
Quail stuffed with a mushroom duxelle and housemade pancetta, served with creamy, herbed polenta
Grilled Strip Loin with local mushrooms and Cipollini onions
Local, Heritage-Breed Pork Porterhouse with Rosemary

Call us at 540-253-5501 to make a reservation. If you’d like to request a table on the patio, please let us know when making the reservation so we can ensure the perfect spot for you. Note that the featured specials are subject to availability.

Arancini - Girasole, 10 Year Anniversary, The Plains, VA - Authentic Regional Italian Cuisine

Our 10th Anniversary

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We can’t believe that it’s been ten years since Girasole opened in the beautiful Plains, Virginia.  Always striving to bring a bit of Italy to Virginia’s Hunt Country, we thought the best way to celebrate the occasion was to offer an anniversary fixed-price dinner menu during the month of August.  Chef Patierno has created an inspiring six-course menu featuring the local, seasonal ingredients to bring the best regional dishes of Italy to your table here at Girasole.

Arancini Siciliani
Traditional Sicilian
style croquette

Insalata dell’Orto
Mixed greens from
Over the Grass Farm

Chitarrini alla Marchigiana
Housemade Chitarrini pasta with
local mushrooms and pork

Salmone con Pomodori e Pinoli
Pan-seared salmon with cherry
tomatoes and pine nuts

Involtini di Vitello
Veal scallopini with Prosciutto
di Parma, mozzarella, and sage

Dolce
Kinlock Farm Honey Panna Cotta
or Housemade Gelato

The cost is $85 per person, exclusive of beverages, tax, and gratuity.  Available exclusively during the month of August during our dinner service beginning at 5:30 pm daily.