What’s Happening at Trattoria Roma?

Posted by on Apr 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What’s Happening at Trattoria Roma?

What’s Happening at Trattoria Roma?

Downtown Cincinnati is a big playground in itself. You can always find something new and exciting to do. For the adventurer or the foodie, you won’t run out of ideas!
For the foodies, we have a gorgeous patio for dining during the week and weekends! Nothing beats being able to sit back, relax, and sip on your favorite wine on a beautiful summer day.

We have several options that are included in our 20 Lunches for $10 menu! Lunch is served from 11am to 2pm Monday through Friday. Bring in your co-workers and we will get you in and out just in time to punch the clock! Browse through our lunch menu HERE.

HAPPY HOUR NOW at Trattoria Roma!! Half-priced appetizers, domestic beer, and a few others are available in the bar area from 5pm-7pm Monday through Friday. Whether you’re celebrating hump day or the weekend, enjoy some calamari, freshly-baked bruschetta, and/or a good caprese salad (to name a few). Hurry, tell your friends!

What's Happening at Trattoria Roma? We also accommodate large dinner parties! Birthday party, anniversary celebration, rehearsal dinner, or just gathering the family for a delicious, homemade Italian meal is always a joy! After all, us Italians don’t know how to make “just enough,” but enough to feed a small village. LOL! So, might as well bring a few others while you’re at it!

We only use the freshest ingredients and everything we serve is made from scratch! Hard to believe? Try it for yourself! Our dinner menu is packed with scrumptious meals that are definite crowd-pleasers! Even kiddos enjoy twirling spaghetti around their fork. So you could say that they have a good time, too!

What's Happening at Trattoria Roma?

Aranoff Center for the Arts

Have dinner and a show! We are right across the street from the Aranoff Center for the Arts! Psst, if you park in the 580 building, we will take $10 off your bill to cover your parking! *Limit one car per table. Beauty and the Beast will be featured through April 24th! Don’t miss it!

Browse through our menus and dine with us before a show! We would love to see you! Be sure to snap a photo and tag us on Social Media! Ciao!

@trattoria_roma 

 

What To Make For Sunday Dinner

Posted by on Apr 4, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on What To Make For Sunday Dinner

What To Make For Sunday Dinner

We all get a bit excited over Sunday dinner. It reminds me of little mini Thanksgiving’s that occur throughout the year. The whole house is crowded with family. Everyone brings their own special dish to contribute to the huge feast that takes place at mom and dad’s house. Wine is poured for you as soon as you get in the door and limoncello for when you leave. You know, for aiding good digestion!

So, what’s exactly on the menu for Sunday dinner?

Antipasto, meaning “before the meal,” is for starter’s. While everything begins to cook or finishes, you want a little something to nibble on to stretch your stomach for what awaits. Typical antipasto’s are rolls of prosciutto, tomatoes and mozzarella drizzled in balsamic vinegar, cheese cubes, green and black olives, and/or bread with a side of olive oil and spices. My mouth is watering already!

After nibbling on some starter’s, it’s time to sit down and enjoy a big bowl of pasta. My personal favorite. Spaghetti, carbonara, lasagne, there are tons of different pasta recipes to include in this section of the night. Get out of your comfort zone and try something new!

Now, it’s time for the meat. Fish, lamb, chicken, any kind of meat. Because we ate a rich pasta dish before this part of the course, this dish is usually pretty light. You don’t want to go too heavy on the sauces.

Once the antipasto’s, pasta, and meat have all occupied your stomach, the “sides” are about to join the party. During each course, it’s time to sit back and really enjoy the flavors of each dish. These are moments to really savor each spice and how well it works with all of the others.

Ahh, the best for last….dessert! Tiramisu, coffee and biscotti, anything sweet makes the cut! As you know, coffee aids in digestion and so does, limoncello. You need something to wash it all down! This part of the course is for something sweet and that soothes the stomach after that big meal!

Sunday dinner is all about good, home cooked food while being surrounded by loved ones. In Italy, the family is at the heart of everything. There’s always time for conversation with family.

Come and have Sunday dinner with us! Bring your family, your closest friends, sit back, and relax over a big bowl of our carbonara! We would love to be a part of your Sunday dinner! 🙂

Stop by and say hi! @trattoriaroma

 

 

 

All About Macarons

Posted by on Mar 23, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on All About Macarons

All About Macarons

If you’ve had one of these little, delightful dessert cookies, you know how euphoric you feel after you take the first bite. There is something about this impeccable sweet treat that keeps you crawling back for more. AND there are so many flavors!! My mouth is watering just thinking about the wonderful varieties. So, what’s the story behind macarons?

Let’s do it. Let’s talk all about macarons. 

First of all, this cookie was originally, just a cookie. It wasn’t until the 20th century that Pierre Desfontaines had the brilliant idea of squishing them together to create a “cookie sandwich.” It has all the best elements. Its sweet filling is sandwiched between two crunchy cookies that slowly becomes a tad bit chewy as soon as you bite into it. I know what you’re thinking…it’s nothing like a tootsie roll, though!

Chef Catherine de Medicis conceived this luscious confection in Italy, way back in 1533! According to madmacnyc.com, “She was married to  Duc d’Orleans who became king of France in 1547 as Henry II.” So, I guess you could say this cookie has quite the royal past.

All About Macarons

10 Wedding Favors Your Guests Won’t Hate! -The Perfect Palette

Here’s an idea: If you’re hosting a bridal shower, baby shower, or even a birthday party, arrange the countless flavors of macarons on a tiered platter.  Perhaps, you can use each tier for a different flavor or alternate each cookie with a different flavor for a more festive look. Since there are so many flavors, I am sure you can find the perfect combo for your specified color palette. They also serve as a great gift idea! Share your love of macarons with your wedding guests!

Pistachio, blueberry cheesecake, strawberry almond, cappuccino, coconut, milk and white chocolate, lemon, caramel, and there are many more where that came from!

So, what’s your favorite macaron flavor? If you’re trying one for the first time, snap a photo and tag us on Instagram! @trattoriaroma

Don’t forget to stop in and enjoy some homemade Italian food in the heart of Cincinnati. We would love to dine with you! 🙂

Ciao!

 

 

 

 

Soul Searching Through Italy

Posted by on Feb 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Soul Searching Through Italy

Soul Searching Through Italy

There comes a moment in life where you just need to press the ‘stop’ button. Stop everything and reevaluate what your life has become. Ask yourself, “Am I really happy? Am I the happiest I could be?” Sometimes there’s something missing from our lives that we don’t even know exists or we didn’t even know we could live without ever knowing what it meant to know yourself on a whole other level.

If you step back and feel like your life needs “life,” then it’s time to do some soul searching…soul searching through Italy. Julia Roberts did it in her hit movie, “Eat, Pray, Love” and man, does this movie really speak to you. Don’t even get me started on the book! Italy has so much to offer and gives you a new perspective on life. You fall in love in Italy. You fall in love with yourself, and maybe someone else too. 😉

One of my favorite parts of the movie was when Julia explained the Italian joke of a homeless man begging to win the lottery from an old statue of a saint. One day, the saint finally replies back to the beggar and says, “please buy a ticket.”

We mustn’t ask for specifics. The universe doesn’t happen that way. In order to get what you want, you have to be open and willing to walk through doors that you wouldn’t have seen otherwise. If you want a new job, you don’t just send your resume out. Instead, you never eat alone and make the most out of a new meeting with every person that walks through your path. Just like the beggar, you can’t wish for something and have no intention of receiving it.

Sometimes we need a trip that changes our lives. A lot of us are afraid of change. Why? That means that you’ve been dealt a new deck of cards…how exciting!? It’s you that thinks you’re bound for bad news. Let Italy change your mindset.

If you’re in need of an emotional cleanse, take life by the horns and explore what Italy has to offer. Fall in love with yourself and your life. Life is short to be anything but happy. Ciao!

How to Make the Perfect Red Sauce

Posted by on Feb 24, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How to Make the Perfect Red Sauce

How to Make the Perfect Red Sauce

Nothing like homemade pasta on a cold, chilly night or when you’re just in the mood to stir up some deliciousness in the kitchen. Anyone else get those random bursts? In case you’re feeling like that on this gloomy Wednesday evening, I’ve got an easy recipe for the perfect red pasta sauce.
Start with some succulent ripe, plum tomatoes. Now, nothing is quite like the tomatoes home grown in Italy, but canned plum tomatoes will do just the trick. Bring them to a boil in a big pot until the skins start to wrinkle and they are soft to the touch.

While the tomatoes are boiling, time to start the base of the perfect red sauce. Heat up two tablespoons of olive oil in a saucepan. Chop up two garlic cloves and one small onion. Add the chopped onion to the saucepan and bring to a simmer. Be sure not to add the garlic at this point. Onions take a little longer to cook through, so we don’t want the garlic to burn. The base will be ruined and it will be a major kitchen fail!

How to make the perfect red sauceAfter about six minutes, throw in the garlic and stay close by until cooked all the way through. Slowly dump in the tomatoes and bring to a slow simmer for about 45 minutes (breaking them down). Stir in a dash of sugar and red wine vinegar (1 teaspoon). Don’t forget to add some fresh basil, too! Stir occasionally until the base starts to thicken and you can taste test along the way to see if any additional olive oil or seasonings need to be dropped in. Tip: be sparing with the seasonings. You don’t want to overwhelm the sauce with too many flavors.

Now the fun part…time to eat! This would call for some fresh, grated Parmesan and Romano cheese to sprinkle on top. Also, can’t have pasta without a good green salad and a loaf of garlic bread! My stomach is growling just thinking about it!

If you’re not skilled in the kitchen or just want to be wined and dined, enjoy  our homemade pasta sauce in the restaurant in downtown Cincinnati! You can watch the snow fall, sip on your favorite wine, and guess what is in our homemade pasta sauce. We add just a little something extra to make it that much better!

Sorry no hints on what’s in it, Grandma’s recipe. Shhh… See you soon!

Wine Cork DIY Projects

Posted by on Jan 27, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Wine Cork DIY Projects

Wine Cork DIY Projects

Finally, it’s that time of the week again…Wine Wednesday! Something about Wednesday that gives you a feeling of relief. It’s almost the weekend;  just gotta get through two more days! There’s no better feeling!

Speaking of wine, what happens when you open a new bottle? For me, I automatically toss the cork into my cork catcher and turn on my favorite show. But what happens when that cork catcher gets full? Don’t let those corks go to waste! I’ve got some ideas on how to turn them into fun, easy crafts! Perfect for chilling on Wine Wednesday!

Place Card Holders

Use an X-acto knife to cut a small piece (lengthwise) out of your cork, so that it sits perfectly on a flat surface. Then, make a small incision (lengthwise) in the cork. With caution, you want to make the incision deep enough to steadily hold the place card without being lopsided. Practice your calligraphy skills and label food dishes, types of wine, appetizers, or even seating arrangements! The possibilities are endless.

Magnets

Use an X-acto knife to cut each cork in half. Then, stick a magnet to the flat side of the cork. For presentation, purchase organza fabric bags and gift to your family and friends!

Ornaments

Start by aligning your corks in a grape form: three at the top, two rows of two, and two rows of one. Using your hot glue gun, glue each cork in place. Paint the ends purple or green and add glitter for a fancier effect! Like Dee, hot glue a fake leaf to the top and garnish it with a bow, so your loved ones can hang it on their Christmas tree this year!

Coasters

Start by cutting each cork in half lengthwise. Each coaster will have eight halves. Hot glue them to a 4×4 square of cork board. Stack four coasters on top of each other and tie a pretty red bow on top for presentation. Voila!

All of these would be great and unique gift ideas! If you’re in a money pinch and have plenty of leftover wine corks, get crafty! Not only will you gift something homemade, you’ll craft out some stress from the work week! Try any of these crafts or more and be sure to tag us in your photo on social media: (@trattoria_roma).

A Glass of Wine A Day

Posted by on Jan 22, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on A Glass of Wine A Day

A Glass of Wine A Day

Ever thought about how an apple a day keeps the doctor away? As I am pouring my glass of pink moscato, I’m thinking…“Could a glass of wine a day keep the doctor away?” Legitimate question! I decided to do some digging and came across an article from Health Magazine that gave me just what I wanted to hear.

Turns out there are some health benefits of enjoying your favorite wine on a daily basis! *sigh of relief*

  1. If you’re worried about losing your memory as you get older, be sure to guzzle down that glass you have! Research shows that wine prevents blood clots and reduces inflammation in the blood vessels in the brain, which can lead to a decline in cognitive function.
  2. Rumor has it that a consuming a glass of wine is the equivalent of spending one hour at the gym. Well, whoever said that isn’t too off! 90 minutes after drinking your glass, your body can still be burning extra calories! Neat, right?! No need for that gym membership!
  3. A glass of wine a day lowers your risk of developing ovarian cancer by as much as 50 percent! An Australian study confirmed that women who drank wine on a regular basis was less likely to be diagnosed with this specific type of cancer.
  4. Harvard Medical School conducted a ten year study that confirmed that premenopausal women who consumed one or two glasses of wine a night was less likely to develop type 2 diabetes compared to women who abstain from it.
  5. According to Marie Claire Magazine, A glass of wine can protect you from various forms of food borne illnesses, such as salmonella and listeria. Particularly, red or rose!
  6. And of course, sipping on a tall glass of wine at the end of a work day can decrease blood pressure! Why we enjoy it so much, right? Not to mention the restful sleep you get!

Now when you pour your nightly glass, don’t feel too guilty! Of course, alcohol should be consumed in moderation, but hopefully this list helps ease your conscience. Let us know what your favorite wine is in the comments below or on our social media pages! Cheers!

 

 

 

 

Appetizer Ideas For Your Dinner Party

Posted by on Dec 28, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Appetizer Ideas For Your Dinner Party

Appetizer Ideas For Your Dinner Party

When planning a dinner party, detail is crucial. You have to think of food that
everyone will enjoy, especially those with food allergies. You also have to think
about individuals who simply have to stay away from certain foods because of health
matters. Either way, planning a dinner party is exciting and a little bit of work.
Here, I have given you some appetizer ideas to help get the ball rolling.

Caprese Skewers
What you’ll need:
-Cherry tomatoes
-Mozzarella cubes
-Olive oil
-Fresh (not dried) Basil leaves
-Toothpicks
-Salt and pepper, to taste

Assemble the skewers. Beginning with a mozzarella cube, fresh basil, and cherry
tomato. Drizzle som olive oil over the skewers and sprinkle some salt and pepper.
Voila!

Side note: you can also spice it up a bit with adding green olives and slices of
pepperoni to a separate batch of skewers.

Tomato and basil bruschetta
What you’ll need:
-1/2 a baguette
-Plum tomatoes
-Fresh basil leaves
-Olive oil
-Salt and pepper
-2 teaspoons of crushed garlic

Slice the bruschetta at an angle and place the bruschetta in the broiler until warm
golden and lightly toasted. Brush the baguette slices with olive oil and crushed
garlic. Combine chopped tomatoes, basil leaves, olive oil, and salt and pepper into
a bowl. Spoon onto slices of baguette and enjoy!

Wedge salad skewers
What you’ll need:
-A head of iceberg lettuce
-4-5 strips of cooked bacon
-Grape tomatoes
-Blue cheese crumbles
-Blue cheese salad dressing
-Toothpicks

Cut the head of iceberg lettuce into 8 (1inch) wedges. Tear the bacon into
bite-sized strips. Add a wedge to a skewer, a strip of bacon, and tomato. Drizzle
the skewers with blue cheese crumbles and blue cheese dressing and serve!

What is the next theme of your party? Be sure to tag us in your photos on social
media. Don’t forget to have an excellent selection of wine for your guests and have a
blast! If you aren’t the cooking and hosting type, dine with us! We are right across from the Aranoff Center in downtown Cincinnati! You can catch a show and enjoy a homemade Italian meal before. See you soon and bon appetite!

Let’s Go To Italy

Posted by on Dec 16, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Let’s Go To Italy

Let’s Go To Italy

As 2015 comes to a close, new thoughts and ideas about 2016 are floating around in our minds. What is the biggest goal you have for yourself? What will you miss about 2015? What do you have waiting for you in 2016? Thinking about Bucket Lists, what is on your list? If you could go anywhere, right now, where would you go? Italy, of course! Right?!

If you are considering a trip to Italy, I have a few suggestions on things to do and sites to see to help you with your planning. I have a feeling this will be the best thing you will leave come 2017! Don’t forget your selfie stick, you’ll want to snap a photo every chance you get!

Rome

  • Colosseum- If you want to be in the center of Rome, this is your place! It opened in 80 AD! Holy cow! There is tons of history behind this magnificent piece of architecture, so if you are a big history buff, you will be in heaven! I suggest you visit during the day and once in the evening because there is nothing like seeing the colosseum full of light!
  • Ponte Sisto Stroll- If you want to soak up as much of Rome as possible in a two hour stroll, this is for YOU! Take a peaceful stroll, shop small, local shops, and snack on real, Italian cuisine! The Ponte Bridge would be a perfect selfie moment and gives you the best perspective of life in Rome!
  • The Pope- Whether you’re going to Italy for mere pleasure or for self-discovery, you might be able to cross this off your Bucket List, as well…praying with the Pope in St. Peter’s Square! According to Jeff Isrealy, there is no guarantee that he will be in Rome. You can always check with local citizens or the hotel faculty members to be certain.

Venice

  • Ride in a Gondola- If you’re visiting Italy, this is a MUST! Book your gondola ride, sit back and relax, and enjoy the City of Water. Don’t forget to snag a kiss from your special someone 😉 This will be a moment you truly will never forget! They say that if you go to Venice with the love of your life, you will be together forever.
  • Camparille- If you want a bird’s eye view of the city, make your way to Camparille. This is Venice’s’ tallest building and the view is nothing less than spectacular! Again, if you LOVE history, you will enjoy all of what the Camparille has to tell! Originally built between 888 and 912, it collapsed and was rebuilt! There were no changes made to the new building, so it is still considered original!
  • Teatro La Fenice- Sightseeing by day, opera by night! Make sure to see an Italian Opera in one of Venice’s well-known Like most landmarks in Italy, there is also loads of history behind this theatre. Get all dolled up and enjoy an eventful evening!

Naples

  • Ruins of Pompeii- Take a tour through the ancient ruins of Pompeii and get a feel for what life was like way back when. The ruins will definitely give you a chill up and down your spine!
  • Eat lots of pizza and drink lots of coffee- Naples isn’t only famous for their big pizza pies, but it’s also quite famous for their coffee too! If you want the best espresso in Naples, a café called Mexico is exquisite (Timeout.com). Refer to this article for more coffee café’s in Naples: http://bit.ly/1yMXlZq
  • Hit the beach- Take a break from walking around the city and chill out in the sand of Naples. Make sure you put on plenty of sunscreen and snatch some ice cold gelato! It is the perfect dessert to relish in the Italian heat! Sohal Beach, Island of Capri, Positano, and Cinque Terre are all popular attractions!

What are you waiting for? Book your plane ticket and your hotel NOW and make your dreams come alive! Italy is a country filled with history, love, and adventure. You don’t want to keep this dream vacation on the back burner any longer. Hello 2016, we are ready for you!

 

 

 

Family Is Everything

Posted by on Nov 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Family Is Everything

Family Is Everything

Have you guys checked out our Facebook and Instagram pages? Well, a few weeks ago we posted a quote that translates to “family is everything.” Thanksgiving has passed and we are about to really dive into old family traditions. Pondering this for a moment, what are your favorite family traditions?

It’s quite normal to have the Nativity scene set up in Italian homes. Getting the family together, cooking lots of food (lots and lots of food), and setting up the scene of Jesus’ birth is a real celebration in the house. Family is extremely treasured by Italians. Hence, why we have family over every week, ha!

The Epiphany feast, La Befana, is a huge festivity in Italy. According to Martha Bakerjian of about.com, it is celebrated on January 6th and is based on an old fairy tale. It remembers the twelfth day of Christmas; the three wise men come bearing gifts for new baby Jesus. A witch named La Befana, rides throughout the night looking for Jesus (why she brings gifts for all of the other children). Unlike the United States, the epiphany is the main day for gift giving.

Italians celebrate Christmas Eve dinner with a light meal. Normally, no meat is eaten on Christmas Eve. After dinner, it is time for Midnight Mass. As some of you may know, midnight mass can last what seems like forever. Reminiscing on the church service, family can gather around the table and share a little midnight snack. A warm slice of Panettone is a personal favorite. Don’t forget the hot chocolate!

Here at Trattoria Roma, family is really everything. Our staff and customers are our family. That being said, it is important for us to maintain a genuine, family atmosphere in the restaurant. So bring your family and closest friends to enjoy some of my favorite, homemade dishes. They will hit the spot! While you’re visiting with us, share some of your favorite traditions. 🙂