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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.

 
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.

Truffle Dinner - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, Haymarket

6 Course White Truffle Dinner

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6 Course White Truffle Dinner

Sunday, November 12, 6:30pm
Hosted by Francesca Vaira, G.D. Vajra Winery
Cost: $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity

Lydia-Lou-Francesca Vaira - Truffle Dinner - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, HaymarketOur White Truffle Dinner is more than an annual tradition, it’s the celebration of two families from two continents that share a love of meaningful connections over food and wine. Sixteen years ago, The Vaira and Patierno families were introduced by the late wine importer, David Bryant. Within minutes, Joel Patierno, son of Lydia and Lou, was working at the G.D. Vajra Winery. A few years later, daughter Gabriella followed. Aldo and Milena, owners of G.D. Vajra Winery soon introduced Lydia and Lou to Ezio, a prized truffle hunter in the Piedmont region. Soon an annual dinner tradition was born with the first White Truffle Dinner held at Panino restaurant.

 

Truffle Hunting, Truffle Dinner - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, HaymarketAgain this year, Francesca Vaira, daughter of Aldo and Milena, will host the event. Ezio’s famed white truffle of the Piedmont region will be featured in each of the six courses, paired with wines from G.D. Vajra Winery. Each wine will be introduced by Francesca and Jason Bise of The Country Vintner. The six-course menu and G.D. Vajra wine pairings follows:

 

 

 

Roasted Cauliflower Fonduta
J.C. Claré 2016

Housemade Tortellini in Brodo with a Poached Farm Egg
Bianco (Riesling) 2015

Piedmontese Carnaroli Risotto
Dolcetto d’Alba ‘Coste & Fossati’ 2015

Maine Lobster Poached in Butter
N.S. della Neve Rosé Brut

Chicken Involtini
Luigi Baudana Cerretta 2012 and
Barolo Ravera 2013

Hazelnut Torta with White Truffle Gelato
Moscato d’Asti 2016

Truffle Dinner - Girasole - The Plains, VA, Middleburg, Marshall, Salamander Spa and Resort, Whole Ox, Red Truck Bakery, Gentle Harvest, HaymarketEach pairing is specifically chosen for the course. Of note, the N.S. della Neve Rose Brut has roots to our area. In 1787, Thomas Jefferson, Ambassador to France at the time, stopped in Turin to taste Nebbiolo for the first time. He described the wine as “about as sweet as the silky Madeira, as astringent on the palate as Bordeaux, and as brisk as Champagne.” Being in love with wine, G.D Vajra uses a “Metodo Classico” that embraces this ancient and forgotten history to produce a fragrant sparkling wine, unveiling in the nose and palate the decisive character of the Nebbiolo and the gentle elegance of Pinot Noir. If in Charlottesville, you can find the fourth course pairing, N.S. della Neve Rosé Brut, at the Monticello gift shop! Of course, you can also purchase any of the featured wines at the dinner.

Space for the White Truffle Dinner is limited. We hope you’ll join us for this elegant celebration of food, family, and wine. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, October 17, 6:30pm
Classic Fall Dishes
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

Join Chef Patierno for a cooking class featuring classic Fall dishes, such as roasted butternut squash ravioli in sage butter. The cost of the class is $85 per person which includes dinner and wine pairings. To make a reservation, please call 540-253-5501.

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, September 19, 6:30pm
Cooking Seafood
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

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Six Course White Truffle Dinner

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Six Course White Truffle Dinner

Sunday, November 12, 6:30pm
Hosted by Francesca Vaira
G.D. Vajra Winery
Cost: $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity
Francesca Vaira of G.D. Vajra Winery will once again host Girasole’s annual White Truffle Dinner.  The famed white truffle of the Piedmont region will be featured in each of the six courses, paired with wines from G.D. Vajra Winery. The cost is $250 per person, exclusive of tax and gratuity.

The white or Alba truffle (because they are found in the city of Alba in the Piedmont region of Italy) is known for its enigmatic smell, with hints of fermented honey, hay, garlic, spices, and wet earth. At Girasole, our white truffles are hunted by Ezio and his prized dog, Jolly.  They are overnighted directly to us just before the dinner and it’s a package that we eagerly await each year because we know that Chef Patierno will transform simple ingredients into complex dishes with this aromatic and flavorful gem. The evening will start with cocktails and an antipasto of Baccalà Mantecato with aged Balsamic from Modena. Then Chef Patierno will feature the following courses, each with shaved white truffles and wine pairings by G.D. Vajra:

Roasted Cauliflower Fonduta
Housemade Tortellini in Brodo with a Poached Farm Egg
Piedmontese Carnaroli Risotto
Maine Lobster Poached in Butter
Chicken Involtini
Hazelnut Torta with White Truffle Gelato

Our fix-priced, six course meal with wine pairings by G.D. Vajra is an annual tradition at Girasole.  More than a dinner, it’s a celebration of rare tastes and flavors that give tribute to the Piedmont region.  Space is limited. Call 540-253-5501 to make your reservation.

Thanksgiving Dinner

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Thanksgiving Dinner

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

Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, July 18, 6:30pm
Easy Dishes for Entertaining
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner

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New Menu

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New Menu

We pride ourselves in offering regional Italian specialties using only the freshest, seasonal, and local ingredients.  In July, we’re streamlining our dinner menu to showcase some items that are frequently requested, such as Olives all’Ascolana from the Marche and bresaola from the Lombardy region paired with ricotta from the Piedmont and local Kinloch Farm honey.  We’ve added some items, such as an organic steak from Roseda Farm and housemade lasagna that will change slightly each week to provide some variety and room for Chef Patierno’s never-ending creativity.  As always, we will augment our menu with featured chef specials to highlight the very best of the seasons.  We hope you’ll stop by soon to enjoy a favorite meal!

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

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Cooking Class with Chef Patierno

Tuesday, June 20, 6:30pm
Antipasti and Pizza
Cost: $85 per person, includes dinner