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Quit hibernating and go try the new spring menu at Sirio
By Erik Mathes
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Special expires at close of business day on: May 26, 2015
Photo credit: Adeline Ramos
For spring, he’s unleashed a bounty of new, highly refined dishes that feature handmade pastas, proteins both familiar and interesting—monkfish, octopus, sweetbreads and speck, to name a few—a touch of molecular gastronomy, and a few worth-the-risk combinations that are sure to convince your palate that winter is gone for good. Think sliced raw tuna, lemon puree, anchovy “caviar,” and mayonnaise tuiles getting a bath of hot veal consomme at your table. It’s food that’s fun to look at, and even better to eat.
Photo credit: Adeline Ramos
Find yourself daydreaming of getting all your food right on the farm or off the fishing boat, but can’t think of a way to actually make it happen? Let Venice Merchant make your dreams a reality. Giles and Laura Donovan source seasonal produce, grass-fed meats, and more from local farms and ranches, bringing the haul right to your door at a price that will wake you up. Just choose the size of your crate, and whether you want weekly or bimonthly delivery, and get ready to experience farm-fresh food without leaving home. One recent crate included apples, oranges, fingerling potatoes, parsnips, garlic, dill, salad greens, grass-fed burger meat, and Tutti Frutti Farms pomodoro sauce, crafted with heirloom tomatoes. What’s more, the Donovans let you know the produce and recipes a week in advance, so you can make substitutions and supplement with options like pasture-raised eggs and chicken, line-caught salmon, McClelland’s organic butter, or a fresh-baked sourdough boule. We were able to add fresh goat cheese, California-grown buckwheat pasta, and IPAs from Eagle Rock Brewing. Yup, that's right—Venice Merchant even has a wine and beer license. To sign up, just plunk down a one-time $20 fee. Small crates—enough for an individual or a couple—run $29.99 each including delivery, while the regular crate adds five items to feed three to four, for just $44.99. Raid the farm at the touch of a button.
The humble chef is quick to peg his culinary inspiration to his father, a man he says “did everything with cooking except become an official chef,” and his older brother, who is also a chef back home in Italy. Each passing course at Sirio will have your admiration for his family’s gifts matched only by your appreciations for the arrival of spring.
Pollo del diavolo
Gnocchi di ricotta
Riso al latte (rice pudding)
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Lunch: Mon–Fri noon–3 PM
Dinner: Mon–Fri 5:30 PM–10:30 PM; Sat–Sun 5:30 PM–10:30 PM
Brunch: Sat noon–3 PM; Sun 11:30–4 PM