Late Winter – 2020 Seasonal Menu

Appetizer

CRISPY CHICKEN SALAD $13
Bella Notte - Crispy Chicken Salad

This seasons blend of greens we are naming
“café greens” in anticipation of our new restaurant in development, that this will be a new salad for. A fresh mix of carrot, radicchio, kale, romaine and red leaf lettuces with hard boiled hens egg, roasted pancetta (Italian bacon), smoked and candied peanuts, heirloom cherry tomatoes and our homemade version of ranch dressing. Topped with a honey herb brined chicken breast, that has been hand dipped in spice seasoned flour and buttermilk then fried until crispy.

  • Gluten-Free: no  | Vegetarian: no | Vegan: no  |  Dairy: yes

LENTIL SOUP $8
A comforting soup that eats like a meal!
Chicken broth is the base with puy lentils, italian sausage, tomatoes and spinach. Light and hearty at the same time with a garnish of our own homemade cornbread croutons.

  • Gluten Free: no| Vegetarian: no | Vegan: no | Dairy: cheese in croutons

BRAISED FENNEL $10
We have taken a few humble, wintery vegetables that are typically used in supporting roles and made them the star. Whole fennel bulbs, slowly braised in chicken broth and herbs, served chilled with spicy tangerine vinaigrette, apple cider vinegar cured celery branch, crispy prosciutto and candied orange.

  • Gluten Free: yes | Vegetarian: no | Vegan: no | Dairy: no

SMOKED SALMON $14
Bella Notte - Smoked SalmonA new take on a classic.House-cured and smoked
salmon fillet from the wood burning oven over a creamy puree of celery root and parsnips. Then finished with a drizzle of brown butter chestnuts balsamic vinegar sauce.

  • Gluten-Free: yes | Vegetarian: yes | Vegan: no| Dairy: yes

Entree

VEAL VALDOSTA $26
Bella Notte - veal valdostaTender veal cutlet, breaded and “country- fried” until golden brown, served with a sauce we make from cream, fontina cheese and white truffle oil. Gnocchi is a dumpling made from potatoes and flour. White truffles are regarded as the rarest and most expensive food in the world, only available during a few winter months, wild foraged from the mountains of Alba Italy, usually selling for around $2800.00 per pound!

  • Gluten Free: no | Vegetarian: no | Vegan: no | Dairy: yes

POM POM SALMON $24
Bella Notte - Pom Pom SalmonPom-pom refers to the use of pomegranate. This is a 7 ounce piece of hand-cut wood-fire grilled salmon, basted and caramelized with pomegranate molasses, served atop a puree of vanilla sweet potatoes with cream cheese, lemon juice and a splash of bourbon vanilla. Paired with a chilled slaw of fresh shaved fennel, arugula and ruby grapefruit.

  • Gluten Free: yes | Vegetarian: no | Vegan: no | Dairy: yes

ESPRESSO ALMOND PORK CHOP $20
24-hour brined 12-ounce shoulder chop, butchered in house from pork raised at Stone Cross Farms. Wood fire grilled with an espresso almond rub. Served with a chilled salad of chianti wine and spice poached pears, arugula, gorgonzola dolce, spiced walnuts, pomegranate seeds and honey balsamico.

  • Gluten Free: yes | Vegetarian: no | Vegan: no | Dairy: yes

PAPPARDELLE BOLOGNESE $17
(Pa-Par-dell Bo-low-nays)
Pappardelle is a wide and thick fettuccine shaped pasta noodle seen often in northern Italy and traditionally served with Bolognese sauce. We make our own semolina egg yolk pasta dough fresh in house and cut our own noodles by hand. Our bolognese is a creamy Northern Italian ragout of ground veal, pork and bacon, simmered for hours with milk, white wine, carrots, onion, celery and herbs, finished with a splash of cream, shaved parmesan and our own homemade wood charred ciabatta bread.

  • Gluten Free: ragout is, sub gluten-free pasta
  • Vegetarian: no | Vegan: no | Dairy: yes

WINTER GNOCCHI $22
Gnocchi (Nyo-key) are tender potato dumplings that are served light and fluffy. We sear them in rich and nutty brown butter with cremini and shiitake mushrooms, boiled chestnuts, roasted pancetta and cave-aged gorgonzola dolce DOP. Dolce (dole-chay) meaning “sweet” in Italian, is a soft, blue, buttery cheese made with uncooked whole cow’s milk from the Lombardy region near Milan. We add the cheese at the end and gently toss just to warm through.

  • Gluten Free: sub gluten free pasta
  • Vegetarian: omit pancetta for vegetarian  |  Vegan: no | Dairy: yes

Dessert

CHOCOLATE BROWNIE SUNDAE $9
The ultimate gooey, fudgy brownie sundae!
Starts with our signature malted milk dark fudge brownie served warm with a scoop of malted milk gelato from Sorella’s, our own homemade honey oat granola, salted caramel sauce and a tart amarena cherry from Italy.

  • Gluten Free: no | Vegetarian: no | Vegan: no | Dairy: yes

PERFECT LEMON TART $9
Bella Notte - Perfect Lemon TartRarely do we use the word perfect to describe a dish. This is the exception! We define what makes a lemon pie great and worked to push that greatness to the edge. A filling of silky smooth egg lemon custard from fresh squeezed lemons is the star, topped with rich and creamy Italian meringue all held together with a buttery almond sable crust. Sable is a crumbly sugar cookie preparation.

  • Gluten Free: no | Vegetarian: eggs/butter | Vegan: no | Dairy: yes

COFFEE & DOUGHNUTS $9
The classic paring reinvented. Our signature cooked-to-order ricotta doughnuts tossed in cinnamon sugar paired with fresh made espresso gelato from Sorella’s and a dollop of fresh whipped cream.

  • Gluten Free: no | Vegetarian: eggs/milk  | Vegan: no | Dairy: yes