Firehouse Debuts Regional Italian Dinners

Northeast Dekum's wood-fired neighborhood gem is dishing out three courses of monthly-shifting regional dishes every Monday night.

By Allison Jones January 23, 2013

After nearly four years serving sublime under-the-radar wood-fired Italian fare, chef owner Matthew Busetto of Northeast Dekum's Firehouse Restaurant is shaking things up with a new monthly-changing regional Italian tasting menu.

The $30 three-course meals will be available every Monday night beginning February 4th, and aim to showcase the nuances of Italian regional cuisine from Sicily to Sardegna. The menus will feature suggested wine pairings (think small, hard-to-find producers from the featured region) for $5 a glass, and a dessert add-on option for $5, allowing diners to customize their dinners according to their taste and budget.

First up? A flavorful tour of Sicily, including cauliflower and caciocavallo (a fresh curd cheese related to mozzarella  fritters, tomato and rosemary braised squid with Ceci beans, and grilled lamb shoulder with roasted sunchokes and samoriglio—a traditional Sicilian sauce comprised of lemon juice, olive oil, minced garlic, and chopped herbs. Dessert options will include Sicilian ice cream sandwiches made with candied orange ice cream in a brioche bun.

Upcoming regions will include Abruzzo, Lazio, Molise, Puglia, Campania, Basilicata, Calabria, and Sardegna, with more to come as 2013 marches on. For more information about the Firehouse dinners, visit their website, call 503-954-1702 to reserve your place at the table, or stop by 711 NE Dekum Street and say hello.
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