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Thursday, October 1, 2009

They'll Need a Crane

My oldest brother turned 40 on Sept 10th and unfortunately the weekend SexyBeast and I went to our friends' wedding was when my brother had his big birthday celebration.

Out of my Catholic guilt, I said I would take the 4 of us out to dinner, his choice. After much hemming and hawing and trying to find a date that would work out for all parties involved. Christopher decided on Katrinella's on lower Madison Ave, right next to the venerable Lombardo's.

I am to understand Katrinella's is fairly new. It's a small dining room, maybe fits 35 people and has a gorgeous tin ceiling.

The beauty of this place is their specials menu. For the low price of 20 bucks, you get a 3 course meal. The birthday boy started off w/ pasta fagioli, Allie, my sister-in-law, went w/ the shrimp cocktail. Not being a shrimp eater, I wasn't sure if it was good looking shrimp. They looked hearty. Sexybeast got Italian wedding soup, upon which he added more grated Parmesean. I picked the Caprese salad, big beefsteak tomatoes w/ sliced fresh water mozerella and fresh basil. Best of all, I added the oil and balsamic vinegar at my discretion. Way to cut down on the calories.

The bread came fresh from the oven. I had teeny piece. SexyBeast attacked the dipping oil for the bread. It was comprised of olive oil, LOTS of garlic, prosciutto and balsamic vinegar.

For the entrees, Allie had veal sorrento, it looked like a pound of veal. My bro had chicken pasta thing. Sexybeast had lobster ravioli, it was gone in 5 seconds. I had Chicken Miguel, chicken breasts w/ melted mozerella served w/ penne, green peppers, olives and sun dried tomatoes and lovely red wine sauce. I made a happy plate : )

And for dessert, 3 of us had the mousse cake. DIVINE! Sexybeast had the tiramsu. YUM!

And you can't beat that for 20 bucks.

10 comments:

the eternal list said...

yummy!

catholic guilt, i know thee well...

phairhead said...

however, that doesn't stop me from sinning ; )

Albany Jane said...

Oh man, that just gives me a reason to feel guilty. Celina's review had me intrigued, but my mouth is watering now. Were all the meals the $20 special?

phairhead said...

AJ: you should totally go!!! all 4 of us ordered off the 20 special menu. there was a choice of 5 apps, 8 entrees, and 2 desserts.
if albanyjohn doesn't want to go, you can always give me a holler luna_1021@hotmail.com

Leslie said...

I'm hungry now.

phairhead said...

all part of my evil plot, les : )

Albany Jane said...

OMG, double date! I spent way, WAY too much money last night celebrating a birthday (damn you happy hour!), but I really wanna go! Veal for 20 bucks?! Hell yeah!

phairhead said...

doens't that always happen, yr bar bill is one of yr biggest expenses. whenever you wants together, we're around

metalchick666 said...

great, now I'm hungry again!

phairhead said...

i'm the purveyor of yummy thoughts, metal chick : )