Mascalzone is all about new Menus as we enter the Christmas period. And as the party season gets under way Mascalzone, like other Houston catering companies, has a brand new events menu now available online!
In the last feature we looked at some of the latest mouth watering pasta dishes to be added to the Menus. In this article we will take a look at some of the new main dishes, and some brand new tempting desserts all carefully prepared by our team of private dining experts!
Let’s jump right in!
CARNE E PESCE
Along with a few variations on the classics of Italian cuisine we have a selection of new entries that are well worth considering next time you make a visit to Mascalzone.
Filetto Alla Crescenza
The Filetto Alla Crescenza is a delightful comfort dish, perfect for the cold winter months. With a 6oz grilled Fillet Mignon on a bed of potato there is plenty of sustenance with this plate! The dish is rounded off in typical festive fashion with a good helping of brussel sprouts, coupled with a luxurious coating of rich crescenza cheese.
Crescenza cheese is the more typical name for Stracchino cheese, common to the Veneto, Liguria, Lombardy and Piedmont regions of Northern Italy. For that reason any wines from those areas would make suitable pairing partners with the Filetto Alla Crescenza.
However, there is one stand out from the Piedmont region that really sits superbly well with this dish, and generally as a festive favourite. The Barolo Viladoria is commonly reserved for special occasions, and when is a better time than Christmas! This full bodied King of Wines comes from the Piedmont region, home to some of the World’s (not only Italy’s) most prized wines.
Few wines can match the depth and sensuality of the Barolo, and if you are feeling extravagant this Christmas – then why not?
POLPO AL VIN SANTO
A trip to Tuscany can be rounded off nicely with a glass of Vin Santo or ‘holy wine.’ Usually this is a sweet wine that is served at the end of the meal, almost always with hard little ‘cantucci’ biscuits.
It’s left undisturbed for several years in small barrels which gives it a slight ‘rancio’ (oxidised) character which gives the wine balance and ‘bite’, preventing it from being over-sickly. What’s perhaps more surprising about this wine is how well it combines with other ingredients – particularly Octopus.
With the Polpo Al Vin Santo, the Octopus is from Spain. It is served with red wine, sugar, lemon confit and three bean salad.
TAGLIATELLE ALL ASTICE
The Tagliatelle All Astice is a simple dish, but one bursting full of flavour, thanks to the seasoned Lobster and the San Marzano Tomatoes and Brandy used to make the suace.
The lobster is divided into two and then pan fried with garlic. The sauce is then added with cherry tomatoes and brandy.
This delicious and simple recipe is a favourite from Mascalzone owner Andrea Magi’s hometown of Pesaro. White wines are most suitable with this dish (and as a rule with fish). A particular good match is the Greco di Tufo. This ancient wine recipe contains hints of dried fruit and chamomile and compliments the flavour fo the lobster extremely well.
Along with new main dishes Mascalzone introduce a selection of fresh plates and varieties to the Antipasti Menu.
A variation on a staple favourite of Italian Cuisine. The Bruschetta, made with San Marzano Tomatoes, Basil and Garlic. This is delicious appetiser that will introduce perfectly the flavours of Italy in the following courses!
Take care when drinking Red Wine with Tomato dishes, as the acidity of the Tomatoes can neutralise the taste fo the Wine. There are exceptions, and it is possible to fight fire with fire and go with a more acidic wine. However, as a rule with a bruschetta a light white wine is recommended, such as the Pinot Grigio or again the Greco di Tufo.
Italian desserts like all Italian Food and Drink are made with love and bursting with flavour combinations reflecting centuries of cultivation and eclectic influence. Below are two of the latest additions from the Mascalzone menu.
Cannoli are crisp, sweet crunchy tubes which are filled with sheeps milk ricotta. The luxurious plate os topped off with raspberries and a sprig of mint. The perfect way to freshen the palate after a feast!
TORTINO AL LIMONE VERDE
Tortino al Limone Verde is Amaretto Cookie Crust stuffed with Lemon Custard. Again rounded off with raspberries and mint – hugely refreshing!
Events at Mascalzone
With the festive season upon us – Mascalzone are taking bookings for Christmas parties. Mascalzone, Houston is one of the most popular event venues in West Houston.
As well as an Italian Restaurant Mascalzone have a range of catering services available for parties of all sizes.
Some of the dishes featured on the Mascalzone Set Menu below:
Author: Toto Mascalzone
Toto Mascalzone is event and marketing manager at Mascalzone restaurant. He is an Italian wine writer and educator, blogger, and food and wine enthusiast currently living in London. He is author of the wine and lifestyle blog, and was a co-editor, together with Italian wine writer a blog devoted to news from the world of Italian wine.