WINES OF SPAIN: Huntingtons favorite wine bar, Bin 56
(56 Stewart Ave., Huntington, 631-812-0060, www.bin56 .com)
invites you to learn about the wines of Spain this Monday,
Feb. 28 from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Youll enjoy a four-course
dinner designed to pair with the following Spanish vintages:
Vionta-Albarino, Tapena-Garnacha, Valdubon- Ribera de Duero
and Segura Viudas-Rose Cava.
WELCOME, NEWCOMERS: Spring is under a month away and it appears
it will bring a flurry of new restaurants to try. Ready now
is La Piazza (512 Walt Whitman Road, Melville, 631-425-0500,
www.lapiazzaonline.com), recently opened in a newly built
building south of Walt Whitman Mall. The third location of
a successful Nassau-based restaurant, La Piazza promises old
world Italian cooking. Add them to your restaurant to-do list,
and pencil in two newcomers as well. The intriguing XO Wine
and Chocolate Bar (24 Clinton Ave., Huntington, 631-923-2224,
www.xowinebar.com) is set to open in the former Mare Luna
space. Executive Chef Christopher Lano has designed a menu
of what well call creative New American, along with
a selection of desserts that rely heavily on chocolate. Its
all on the website. Finally, Vitae Restaurant and Wine Bar
(54 New St., Huntington, 631 385-1919, www.vitaeny.com) has
done extensive interior renovations on the former Abel Conklins.
The websites incomplete, but the restaurant looks like
its coming along nicely.
PRIME DOES NEW ORLEANS: The year-long road-trip by Prime
An American Kitchen and Bar (117 New York Ave., Huntington
631-385-1515 www.restaurantprime.com) this month takes diners
to New Orleans with a three-course menu featuring dishes and
ingredients from the region. The New Orleans menu (through
March 14) is as follows: Appetizers: Oysters Rockefeller ($16),
chicken and andouille gumbo ($11); Entrees: Roast organic
chicken with shrimp and crayfish dressing, herbed jus ($27),
blackened golden snapper with jumbo lump crab and tasso ham
pan sauce ($30); Dessert: Pecan tart with maple ice cream
($11), pear crisp with cinnamon honey ice cream ($11). Mmmm
its the next best thing to Mardi Gras.
HOWS YOUR SAUCE? Joe DeNicola, executive chef at Ruvo
(63 Broadway, Greenlawn 631-261-7700 www.ruvo restaurant.com)
learned all about Italian cooking at the side of his grandmother.
Chef will share what Nona Lena taught him about Italian sauces
in Sauce Making 101, a cooking class to be held at Ruvo on
Wednesday, March 23 beginning at 7 p.m. Students will learn
the fundamentals of and hopefully master five
Italian sauces: classic tomato; basil pesto; ragu Bolognese;
Amatriciana; and aglio e olio. Graduates will
get to sample the products in a five-course pasta dinner.
Price is $55 per person and includes the dinner with wines.
Registration is limited so sign up early.
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