The Venetian Carnevale is a wild celebration and festival centered around practical jokes, the wearing of elaborate masks, parades, costume parties, and of course (as all celebrations must be) delectable food. The Frankfort Avenue restaurant Volare, at 2300 Frankfort Avenue is celebrating Carnevale with a gorgeous four course tasting menu, live music and masquerade fun for the next three day, February 21st, 22nd, and 23rd.
Jazz musician Robbie Bartlett will performing at the restaurant Thursday night, kicking off this celebration with an American twist. During all three nights, wait staff will be wearing elaborate Carnevale masks, and diners are welcome to join in if they so desire. While the regular menu will be available (and what a menu it is--very traditionally rich and Italian with some fabulous additions like spun sugar flowers) there is a special fare for this celebration.
Chef Josh Moore has created a luscious four course tasting menu showcasing traditional Italian favorites like house made cannelloni; pasta filled with ground veal, parmesan, ricotta and spinach. The antipasti is fricandi, spare ribs and sausage braised with wine vinegar (any place that starts the meal off with spare ribs has my vote of confidence). The meaty goodness continues with porcini mushroom and rosemary prime rib.Finishing off this feast is a the dolce duet: cenci, shredded rags of fried dough with sugar, and zeppole, Italian doughnuts in apple cinnamon, orange chocolate, and traditional. This four course prix fix menu is available for only $55.00, and when you consider that's all four courses including prime rib, it's quite a deal. Make your reservations fast, and make sure to mention if you desire the prix fix menu. Masks will be handed out at the restaurant, but guests are welcome to bring their own!
Photo: Dawn Richardson