Resolve to Try Serafina’s Happy Hour
If your New Year’s resolution is to 1) eat right, 2) spend less, 3) support local and/or 4) speak Italian, then Serafina’s osteria & enoteca may just be worth a gander. With osteria basically an Italian coffee shop and enoteca an Italian wine bar, this nearly-twenty-year-old intimate Eastlake Tuscan-esque restaurant not only offers live music and liquid and solid tastings, it also has a worthwhile Happy Hour.
Dishes worth a try include: their Plin (heavenly hand-made agnolotti with braised pork shoulder, Savoy cabbage, and Reggiano tucked inside, smothered in a decadent chive butter sauce) and their Polpettine di Vitello (decent veal meatballs in green olive-tomato sauce, tossed with penne rigate and sprinkled with ricotta salata). Their Fritelle di Mele – think apple pie ravioli – is served up with with candied pecans, cinnamon caramel, and vanilla gelato. And their Elisir della Fiore cocktail – allegedly the most popular and seductive of their house cocktails, puts a pleasant spin on the ol’ Greyhound flav: gin, St. Germain elderflower liqueur and lemon juice, shaken into a martini glass and topped with prosecco and a sliver of grapefruit.
With Happy Hour $6 dishes, $6 red or white house wines, and $7 specialty cocktails du jour – not to mention that trendy Tuscany vibe, it’s hard to go wrong between 4:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m.
Besides … it tastes – and feels – so right, dear hedonists.
(Not to mention it gives you a chance to practice your food Italian, or italiano cibo.)