The celebration of Spring brings many memories and happy times to the ones day. The beginning of life after the cozy days of winter snuggled up in our houses warm by our fire to the warmth of direct sun on our faces and the sprouting of flowers and new leaves. We here at Rifugio’s enjoy all the seasons. Winter however is my favorite and next if Autumn. Look to our ever changing Feasting menus. 12 in all and my favorite the Feast of the Seven Fishes which ends the season. To join us simply go to our Feast Menu tab in reservations and sign up. See you soon and happy Spring.
Easter is a special time for Rifugio’s as it is the Spring Equinox and marks the end of winter and the time to prepare for the new season, to care for the land and to do all the necessary planning for that time of year. This event was celebrated with the sacrifice of lambs to the gods to gain their blessings for the land and for the seeds planted in the ground; eggs were offered to the goddess of fertility asking her favor for any new life to come into their families.
HOT POT ITALIAN STYLE
THE MELDING OF TWO CULTURES
My mothers father was from Sicily my wife is from Taiwan both cultures are very family oriented and involve the table in which one eats. HOT POT is popular in Asian culture, it centers around a Hot broth in a hot pot which various vegetables, meats, sea foods and noodles are cooked at the table. Everything is freshly cooked and prepped in bit size pieces brought to your bowl by you cooking it and then dipping it in various sauces.
So join us in a communal gathering to meat new friends around an Intimate dining table and have an experience of a lifetime. Make your reservations now.
History and Legend
The ancient tradition of eating fish on Christmas Eve dates from the Roman Catholic custom of abstinence from meat and dairy products on the eve of certain holidays, including Christmas. The number seven is rooted back in ancient times and it can be connected to multiple Catholic symbols: in fact, the seven seems repeated more than 700 times in the Bible. Also, according to the Roman Catholic Church, seven are the sacraments, the days of the Creation, as well as the deadly sins. Hence seven courses!
In Czechoslovakia there is an
old tradition of eating
special cakes on All Souls' Eve, and of drinking cold milk
"to cool the souls in Purgatory."
So please join us on this special day and feast on November’s harvest. Seats are limited and going fast. Go to our reservations tab and book now.
Being a Feast the seating will be arranged as one large table. Similar to “Family Style”
This is a time to break bread and get to know your neighbor
A LITTLE HISTORY AND LEGEND
There are many Feasts celebrated and this month it is Saint-Gilles of France. He is honored for protecting a hind also known as a Doe. The Frankish King was hunting and the doe ran to Saint-Gilles for protection. The arrow meant for the doe went to the hermit soon to be Saint’s leg. A monastery was built in his honor.
$84.00 Plus Tax and 20% Service Charge
optional wine pairing
pricing not included in feast
The Roman Goddess of Spring will grace us once again May 20th at 5:00PM. Last year it was a splendid event and this year will be just the same. We are excited to host our Second May Feast. Reserve now as seats are limited. Simply go to our Reservations line and book now. Look for details as the menu will be posted shortly.
A Delightful Mother's Day Brunch at Rifugio's. This will be our second seating
Roman Goddess Februa
Patroness of Passion
Insalata Di Arance
Cardiff Alla Villanella
Small Braised Octopus
on a bed of squid ink risotto
encrusted with rose petals, chili & paired with pickled red & green cabbage & fire oil
Pure All’Olio Con Uovo in Camicia
sour mashed potato with olive oil & duck egg
Chocolate & Meat Pastry
very ancient Spanish recipe
THE FEAST OF THE SEVEN FISHES
Traditionally called "The Vigil" Christmas Eve and the awaiting moment of Christs birth at midnight. Italians would fast from Red Meat until Christmas Day.
It has come to the month of December where most Italians celebrate with the Feast of the Seven Fishes. It is a celebratory dinner featuring things of the sea. This will be the last Feast of the Season. We are very excited to prepare this dish for all our devoted customers and new customers joining our family of persons who enjoy food, where it comes from, where its going. Seats are still available but act fast. The menu will be posted shortly. So stay tuned.