For those of you looking for a romantic date night and preferring to skip the Valentine’s Day madness, chef Steve Samson and the team at Rossoblu in the Fashion District downtown will be featuring a  special Southern Italian menu with a five-course, family-style dinner. The menu will be available for one night only, Monday, January 27.

Chickpea Panelle (Courtesy Rossoblu)

Doors to “A Trip To The South”  in the main dining room open at 6:30 p.m.; the price is $120 per person, with wine parings for an additional fee. For Samson, born to an Italian mother and American father, the evening is a nostalgic look back at the many annual family trips he made to Bologna. The abundant menu includes:

Upon Seating:

  • House-made bread, anchovy butter, stracciatella
  • Marinated Castelvetrano olives
  • Chickpea panelle, cracked black pepper, lemon, pecorino

Marinated Trumpet Mushroom (Courtesy Rossoblu)


  • Grilled pork meatballs, snap peas, arugula, sieved egg, pecorino sardo
  • Crisp octopus, fior di latte, fingerling potatoes, salame piccante
  • Marinated trumpet mushrooms, heirloom beans, pickled scallions, pecorino dolce


  • Rigatoni, chicken liver ragu, mosto cotto, buffalo grana
  • Casarecce, braised lamb shoulder, egg yolk, lemon, pecorino


  • Fennel-crusted pork chop, citrus and herb salad
  • Grilled chicken, preserved lemon, long-cooked broccoli
  • Grilled swordfish belly spiedini, caponata, smoked eggplant puree

To Finish:

  • Cannoli Siciliani
  • Apple crostata with crescenza crema


For reservations, go to

Post updated at 11:35 a.m. on January 22, 2020.

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