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Holiday Mushroom & Truffle Menu at Celestino Ristorante

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2014-03-06 16.10.222014-03-06 23.44.30The legendary Celestino and family (pictured here at a charity event honoring them), inspired the Pasadena restaurant of the same name. name that translates into a  gold standard restaurant on the westside, ever since he opened his first place, Drago.  

Seasonal menus demonstrate this perfectly.  The Holiday Mushroom & Truffle Menu is broken up into three categories: Morel Mushrooms, Porcini Mushrooms and Fresh Quercetti Truffles form Italy. Each dish highlights the differences in taste, texture and complexity of their respective “gifts from the earth.”

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Morel Mushrooms, most commonly found in their dried form, are only available fresh for just a very brief period each year. The rich, meaty flavor and texture of these fresh honeycombed mushrooms are portrayed with simplistic elegance in dishes such as Tagliolini with Fresh Morel Mushrooms & Pecorino Cheese.  Early spring flavors can be savored in the Veal Scaloppini with Fresh Fava Beans & Fresh Morel Mushrooms. Chef Drago’s famed Risotto with Baby Scallops & Fresh Morel Mushrooms, combining the best of land and sea.

Specialties include Porcini Mushroom Soup with Black Truffle; Risotto with Fresh Porcini Mushrooms;   Homemade Wide Pappardelle with Fresh Porcini Mushrooms and  Roasted Rack of Veal with Porcini Mushrooms.

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Fresh Quercetti truffles arrive from Italy for the season.   Known for its unique mushroom shape, these delectable truffles make an appearance in a myriad of dishes on the Holiday Mushroom & Truffle Menu including the Risotto with Shaved Fresh Quercetti TruffleGnocchi Stuffed with Mushroom in a Quercetti Truffle Cheese Sauce and the Tortellini with Meat in Zaferan Percorino & Black Pepper Sauce with  Quercetti Truffle. Other dishes in this section featuring these truffles also include Chef Drago’s Filet of Sole with Mixed Vegetables & Shaved Quercetti Truffles and the Veal Carpaccio with Shaved Quercetti Truffle & Pecorino Cheese.

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For those who want to take luxury to an even higher level, Celestino Ristorante & Bar boasts the incredibly rare White Truffle on hand. Availability is very limited.  Those “in the know” know to ask their server for the daily white-truffle specials.

Celestino Ristorante is open for lunch Monday through Friday from 11:00 am to 2:30 pm and for dinner from 5:30 pm to 10:30 pm Monday through Thursday, 5:30 pm to 11:00 pm on Friday, 5:00 pm to 11:00 pm on Saturday and 5:00 pm to 10:30 pm on Sunday. The Holiday Mushroom & Truffle Menu is available through the end of December 2015. For information or reservations, please visit www.CelestinoPasadena.com or call Celestino Ristorante directly at please call 626.795.4006.


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