Mangia Bene Rustic Italian, Truffles, Venue Update
February 2, 2016
- Rustic Italian is Here!
- Vini & Liquori Italiani
- Fabulous Fungi: Black Truffles
- New Venue Updates
Rustic Italian Restituisce
For the month of February, come in and enjoy our most popular feature menu and share a little Italian countryside time with us.
We’ve brought back some favorite dishes that warm the body and soul with their simple and delicious Old World flavors: Veal & Beef Tortellaci with sage brown butter, black truffle, and crushed amaretti; local Fasta fusilli with Pesto Trapenese, a tomato and almond pesto with garlic and parmesan (not the more familiar basil pesto); Calamari Fritti, delicately fried and served with fresh basil marinara; Parmesan-Encrusted Veal with capers and baby spinach; Sea Scallops with whipped potatoes and black truffle pâté; and so many more!
Order Rustic Italian items a la carte, or choose one of our Four-Course Tasting Menus, with or without an accompanying Italian wine flight. This can be the perfect menu for romantic, date-night dinners or group celebrations with friends or family. We hope you’ll join us this February and enjoy some of these favorite flavors!
Our Rustic Italian Menu will be available in addition to our full lunch and dinner menus now through February. Rustic Italian entrees are available after 5pm daily; other menu items are available all day. Mange Bene!
Vini e Liquori Italiani
We have the perfect accompaniments to any Rustic Italian meal: delicious Italian wines and classic Italian cordials and cocktails.
No Italian meal could be complete without a glass of wine or two. We are offering a selection of four special Italian wines that you can enjoy by the glass, by the bottle, or as part of our Italian Wine Flight.
A Casa Greco di Tufo, Campagnia
Flavors of pears and blooming white flowers, soft mouthfeel.
Castellucci Miano Nero d'Avola, Sicily
Dark cherries, wild raspberries, and juicy plums, with hints of baking spices.
L'Arco Rosso del Veronesse, Veneto
Dark cherries with hints of lavender and tobacco. Gripping tannins and a lengthy finish.
Tutela Amarone della Valpolicella, Veneto
Intensely flavored, delicate bouquet, and dry warm taste. Velvety mouthfeel with hints of bitter almond. One of Veneto's most prestigious wines.
See our wine list for additional Italian wines available by the bottle.
For those who enjoy cordials and cocktails, we also have some traditional Italian offerings that are perfect as an aperitif, accompaniment to your meal, or a digestif.
Big Spring Negroni
Pennsylvania meets Italy in our version: equal parts Big Spring Spirits Gin, sweet
vermouth, and bitter Campari make up this simple, classic Italian cocktail.
Served chilled for an authentic Italian way to finish a meal (but we won’t tell if
you don’t wait until after you finish your meal!).
Italian Cordial Flight
Want to try more Italian flavors? Finish your meal with tastes of four Italian cordials:
Limoncello, Amaretto, Frangelico, and Sambuca.
Dine with us this February, raise a glass, and say Salute!
Fabulous Fungi: Black Truffles
Not all mushrooms are created equal. With 10,000 known species of fungi in North America alone (not all of them edible), the category of mushroom casts a wide net. Among the edible varieties, some of the most common include button, shiitake, chanterelle, morel, oyster, porcini, and portabello. But only one edible mushroom has earned the nickname “black queen,” and that grand mushroom is the black truffle.
A fascinating fungus, here are some of the most interesting nuggets of knowledge pertaining to the black truffle:
- They grow underground. Some believe they have adapted to grow underground to avoid the damaging effects of forest fires, drought, and severe cold. Smart mushrooms!
- Farmers use pigs to hunt them. Truffles produce a chemical that is nearly identical to a sex pheromone found in male pig saliva. Pigs can smell this and sniff them out for the lucky farmer.
- They are believed to be an aphrodisiac. In the Middle Ages, monks were forbidden to eat truffles for fear they would go astray from their chaste calling.
- It was once illegal in Britain for just anyone to hunt truffles. Until 1930 the Collins family of Wiltshire held the only warrant to hunt for truffles.
- Ounce for ounce, truffles are the most expensive food in the world. A few shavings of black truffle from France can sell for hundreds of dollars (white truffles are even more dear). This expensive delicacy had drawn the attention of some unsavory types who are trafficking them like drugs due to their rarity. Luckily, if you’ve ever tasted a truffle, you know a little truffle goes a long way!
This February, you can find black truffles in two delicious dishes on Harrison’s Rustic Italian menu this February: the Veal & Beef Tortellaci and the Sea Scallops with Whipped Potatoes. Both dishes are accented with black truffle pâté and truffle oil and their flavors are enhanced with the penetrating and distinct aroma and flavor of this amazing mushroom. Eat Well!
New Venue Updates
Many, many of you are asking about how this process (of purchasing the former Mt. Nittany Inn and converting it into a celebration space) is going. We thought we’d keep you updated here.
- Reminder, the new Venue will not be a restaurant – we will continue to operate Harrison’s Wine Grill just as it is now. The new location will be a special event venue, served by Harrison’s Catering.
- Our closing date on the building is anticipated for this next week (fingers crossed).
- We already have painting and flooring and repairs scheduled and plan to apply for all the necessary licenses immediately.
- We anticipate at least 2 months before we have it ready for viewing.
- We are carefully taking inquiries for events – we don’t want to promise what we can’t deliver. We think we might be able to take some events, prior to all projects being completed, beginning late spring and plan to do Open Houses in July.
- We cautiously say we should be able to take full event bookings for the summer and beyond.
- All inquiries are being taken through Harrison’s Catering Office for now – either by phone, email or online inquiry form located on our website.
- Read more in this recent Centre Daily Times article.
More info to come!