by Valerie Schroth
Feb 7, 2013
09:51 AMTable Hopping
Sunday Dinners at Strada 18
Chef Davd Raymer began a series of Sunday Family Style Dinners last month at Strada 18 in South Norwalk. The response has been gratifying, he says, with several patrons signing up in advance for the whole series.
“I wanted to bring back a more casual, more cost-effective style of dining,” says Raymer, a 30-year veteran, who started out at New York’s Gotham Café. “To bring friends and family together without compromising the quality of the food or the fun of the occasion. Sort of like when I was a kid, a sit-down Sunday dinner—but with much better food.” (Let’s hope his mom doesn’t see that!)
“Family Style” does not mean communal tables, says Raymer. Each “family,” even if it’s only two peope, will sit together at their own table. It does mean that only one (very good) meal will be offered, and it will be presented on passed platters the way you do/did at home.
So, what’s for dinner this Sunday (Feb. 10)? Stuffed artichokes, veal chops with sage and white wine sauce, mushroom risotto, roasted tomatoes and eggplant, and for dessert, crème fraîche panna cotta with blood orange compote. The tab: $35 for adults, $25 for kids under 13.
Future dinners will center on Green Lasagna Bolognese (Feb. 24), Short Ribs with red wine and vegetables (Mar. 24) and Pigeon Pie (“Sunday in Morocco,” Apr. 7), among other tasty dishes. Visit website for further details and pricing, which varies slightly.
Note: Reservations are a must for the dinner, and have to be made by end of business on Friday. Credit cards will be required to hold reservations. No substitutions can be made to the menu, though for very small children there are options such as pasta.
Strada 18, 122 Washington St., South Norwalk, 203/8534546, strada18.com.Sunday Dinners at Strada 18