Drive into the parking lot at Madfish and you might think you are going to enter a New York – style diner. The outside is a shiny dining car that screams pot roast, burgers and shakes. Walk inside and you will probably be as surprised as I was on my visits there. The decor is contemporary with dark wood accents, comfortable seating and pleasant lighting. Elegant tablecloths, wine glasses and silverware adorn the tables.
Every once in a while, I get a craving for chicken with that authentic, lemony flavor of Chicken Piccata. Here’s an easy recipe that can be done in ten to twelve minutes, depending on the thickness of the chicken. The amazing thing is how this sauce slightly thickens on its own for the perfect consistency. I kept this menu light, but see my fresh pasta recipe on this site to serve with pasta.
Easy gourmet antipasti, classic linguine with white (Littleneck) clam sauce, Italian garlic bread and tiramisu
This is a tasty weekend menu and ideal for date night. I usually use Barilla Gold pasta if I can find it, or I make my own (see my basic pasta recipe). For dessert, it only makes sense to have Tiramisu. You can find that recipe on the blog, as well. Please note: Much of this menu is to taste, so some measurements are approximate.
Spring pea soup with lime crema, chicken breasts poached in red wine and star anise and five spice fingerlings
Spend any time eating at St. Pete Brasserie and you can sense the passion with which J Ward, Executive Chef, executes his cooking. At 36 years old, he has paid his dues in restaurant kitchens.
Florentine steak, rosemary and goat cheese polenta, spring artichoke salad and watermelon ice cream with a balsamic reduction
Does this look like a daunting menu? It doesn’t have to be. These are recipes that are easy to execute because the ingredients speak for themselves. Look how easy this is to put together. And no, we can’t get Chianina steaks here, but we can still make a great steak that comes pretty close.