What do you order when you go out for Italian?

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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/17 22:15:50 (permalink)
Osso bucco!
Veal pizzaiola!
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/18 03:16:22 (permalink)
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To start, clams oreganate, then, Veal parm of course with a side of Brocolli Rabe sauteed in EVOO with garlic and hot pepper flakes. Dessert; Biscuit Tortoni and an espresso.

Rachel Ray, is that you?

I didnt hear the YUM.....
Or DELISH.
(ugh).
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/18 04:11:09 (permalink)
For me, I'm always torn between chicken parm, or the lasagne. Places that make me happiest are mom and pop italian places that offer a dinner that has a small serving of both. And the ideal italian place offers a bread basket with italian bread and good olive oil for dipping, a salad with a good house-made dressing and to finish the meal off a cup of espresso with a biscotti. Meals like that make me think I've died and gone to heaven!!!
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/18 13:01:30 (permalink)
House salad with artichokes and olives, perhaps some anchovies. Or, in season, a good tomato salad with fresh mozzarella di bufalo.

I prefer pasta with a red or broth based sauce, to a cream sauce - too heavy. I admit to being way too fond of meatballs and italian sausage with my pasta. Lately I've been doing more chicken and veal dishes.

Good bread is always a plus

For dessert, good coffee and a biscotti is fine.
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/18 14:07:14 (permalink)
Not authenic anything, but my favorite- Fettucine Primavera

Fetuucine in cream sauce with as many vegetables as fettucine - must include lots of roasted red peppers and some onions, peas, mushrooms, zucchini and yellow squash

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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/18 17:54:36 (permalink)
Chicken Marsala for me as I'm not a big fan of red sauce.
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/20 10:27:52 (permalink)
app-fried calimari
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/20 10:38:15 (permalink)
Depends entirely on the restaurant. If it's an old-fashioned family style spaghetti house I might do a lasagna or manicotti, or even a plate of spaghetti and meatballs. If the place does a lot of fish I'm likely to order mussels marinara or fra diavolo or something with calimari. If it's a more upscale but traditional menu definitely something with veal. And if it's good Northern Italian or Tuscan I'm leaning toward the special of the day, frequently something grilled.

I guess I don't think of Italian restaurant as one thing.
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/20 11:38:32 (permalink)


Risotto.

I am kind of a snot/snob about Italian food as I can cook all the favorite dishes listed here at home by myself. Even my own choice is a frequent dinner for me at home. With that in mind, it has been a very long time since I have stepped into an Italian restaurant. I would order something such as veal or a pasta with mixed seafood if I did go. No chicken parmesan or meatballs for me please.
I suspect it is that there is a real difference between what I can find here and what is found in the Bay Area.

I would like to find a place around here that does carpaccio, or uses real prosciutto di Parma.
I love tiramisu, but I think that I can be picky and find fault with some versions of that too.

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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/26 14:21:41 (permalink)
I usually start with insalata caprese, followed by chicken marsala or shrimp francese. I'm not a big fan of dessert, but I may occasionally have a gelato or a limoncello.
Hubby will have soup, usually minestrone, and chicken parm with a side of meatballs...
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/26 15:17:38 (permalink)
I usually order anything from mussels. I love to try new things so if we're going to a truly Italian place, I'll order whatever I've never heard of. But as my family is a boring, tried and true, Red Lobster and Olive Garden-going family, that doesn't happen too often.
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/27 11:19:11 (permalink)
There are way too many dishes I love and when it comes to
Italian, it depends how I feel.
Calamari is probably my number one appetizer, followed by
raw clams or oysters or a mussel dish with wine and garlic.
Risotto, usually a cheese or my favorite a porcini risotto.
Pasta, my first choice is a carbonara.
Osso bucco, thick veal chop, or veal parm for main entrees.
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/09/29 12:03:03 (permalink)
I always ask the waiter what the specials are, or what the chef makes best, and order that. There aren't any places in New England that I'm aware of that make the Basilicata type specialties I like ~ like ciambatta (a fried potato, egg and veggie pie that my dad makes). One of my favorite Italian restuarants is the Venetian in Torrington CT. This is a classic Italian-American restaurant.

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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/10/02 22:45:20 (permalink)
Start out with Anti Pasto Tray, follow up with ravioli covered with maranari sauce, Spumoni for dessert
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/10/02 23:48:24 (permalink)
baked clams
eggplant or veal parm
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/10/03 00:06:54 (permalink)
depends on how good the red sauce is. If I like it, I usually order veal parmiagiana with cappellini. I also like cappellini D'olio. That's an olive oil, garlic, oregano, and red pepper flakes sauce. Plus an appetizer of clams casino. And Tortoni for desert.
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RE: What do you order when you go out for Italian? 2006/10/03 03:29:30 (permalink)
I'm a huge fan of Braciole and if there is Rigatoni Bolognese, it's mine.
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