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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.

Holiday Gift, Wine & Art Sale

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Holiday Gift, Wine & Art Sale
Sunday, December 3, 12-5pm

Join us on Sunday, December 3, from 12-5pm and let us help make your holiday season a little easier.  We will have specialty Italian items, such as ceramics, soap stones, olive oils, reserve wines (including some signed GD Vajra magnum-sized bottles!) that are perfect for your holiday list.  We’ll also have gift certificates and baskets complete with wine, imported Italian specialities, artisanal olive oil, bread, and tastings of house smoked meats and fish.  Of course, our event wouldn’t be complete without featuring the wonderful art of Robert Patierno, brother of Chef Louis Patierno, whose art can be seen throughout Girasole!

So, please mark your calendars, bring your holiday list, enjoy a glass of wine with us, and get all of your shopping done early!

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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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.

 

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

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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Fall Wine Tasting

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Fall Wine Tasting

Sunday, October 8, 3-5pm
Hosted by Jason Bise, The Country Vintner
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Join us for a Portuguese wine tasting by Jason Bise of The Country Vintner. Chef Patierno will feature light antipasti and the following wines: Please call the restaurant at 540.253.5501 to make a reservation.

Conde Villar Vinho Verde
Joao Portugal Ramos Alvarinho
Quinta Do Crasto Douro White
M.O.B. Dao Branco
M.O.B. Dao Tinto
Chocapalha Lisbon Tinto
Foz De Arouce Bairrada Tinto
Tapada De Villar Alentejo Reserva
Duorum Tons De Duorum
Duorum Colheita
Wine And Soul Manoella
Wine And Soul Pintas 14
Blandys Alvada Madeira
Ferreira Porto 20 Year Tawny
Quinta Dela Rosa Late Bottled Vintage

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

Fall Wine Tasting

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Fall Wine Tasting

Sunday, September 17, 3-5pm
Hosted by Max Evans, Siema Wines
Cost: $35 per person, exclusive of tax

Hosted by Max Evans, Siema Wines, this tasting will feature wines either produced in Italy, wines with Italian grapes, and even a few that were inspired by Italian winemaking tradition!   The cost is $35 per person, exclusive of tax, and includes light antipasti and the following wines. 

Paul D. Frizzante Rose of Zweigelt 2015
Domaine Vetriccie Ile de Beaute White 2016
Rocche Costamagna Langhe Arneis 2016
Barbi Orvieto Classico Abboccato 2016
Borgo San Daniele Friulano “Isonzo” 2015
Mas Laval Le Rose 2016
Vignamato Rosso Piceno 2016
Alcesti Nero d’Avola 2016
Domaine Vetriccie Ile de Beaute Red 2014
Pettrone Family Winery Sangiovese  2013
Corte Alla Flora Vino Nobile di Montepulciano  2013
O’lillo IGT Toscana, Baracchi 2015
Il Borro Toscana 2013
Tre Secoli Brachetto D’Acqui 2016

Please make a reservation by calling the restaurant in the afternoon at 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