bar ITALIA at FRAMEbar. An Italian Spring Takeover with Chefs Gabriel & Gabriela Botezan
Frame-favorite husband and wife chef team Gabriel and Gabriela Botezan (both formerly of Luciano Del Signore’s famed Bacco Ristorante) are back to take you on a wild culinary ride through Italy’s most revered regions.
Welcome to bar ITALIA at FRAMEbar, where the essence of la dolce vita comes to life in a delightful blend of classic and new Italian-inspired wine and cocktails, tantalizing small plates and pastas, and spirited conversation in a stylish setting where you can strut your most practiced sprezzatura.
Kick things off with perfect antipasti like Chef Gabby’s fluffy rosemary focaccia, tangy eggplant caponata, or a zesty insalata di mare packed with octopus, shrimp, and scallops. Warm up with a hearty bowl of pasta e fagioli, or get your grill on with melanzane Abruzzese, a smoky eggplant delight.
Pasta lovers will swoon for Chef Gabe’s region-spanning creations like bucatini alla amatriciana from Lazio, trofie con coniglio from Liguria, and Piedmontese agnolotti, stuffed here with succulent braised short rib.
For the main event, tuck into a juicy New York strip steak done Sicilian-style, crusted in breadcrumbs and served with tangy ammoglio sauce, or the tantalizing chicken saltimbocca. Seafood fans can dive into a spicy pan-seared salmon in saffron broth, while herbivores will savor the scrumptious farrotto, bursting with roasted veggies and aromatic basil.
Save room for dessert because Chef Gabby’s legendary tiramisu is a must-try! If you need a perk up, opt for an affogato al caffè, or get ready for that post-pasta nap with a heavenly slice of torta della nonna.
Of course there will be plenty of Italian and reserve wines by the glass and bottle, curated by Frame Sommelier Sean Crenny, as well as Italian-inspired cocktails and a flight of house-made “cellos” (limoncello, etc.). Plus, non-alcoholic beer, cocktails, and tonics available for our non-imbibing friends.
As they say in Italy: “A tavola non si invecchia” — At the table, you don’t age.
So join us in our quest to stay forever young, all April long via bar ITALIA at FRAMEbar.
No pre-purchased tickets needed; just stroll into our welcoming trattoria and grab a seat if one’s open. Or make reservations so you are guaranteed a seat at this gorgeous gorgeous Italian table.
bar ITALIA x FRAMEbar
March 29th – April 30th, 2023
Rosemary, Garlic, Roasted Tomato, Sea Salt
Eggplant, Anchovies, Capers, Tomato, Basil
Insalata di Mare
Octopus, Shrimp, Bay Scallops, Olives, Capers, Herbs
Grilled Eggplant, Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onions, Balsamic Reduction
Pasta e Fagioli
Roman Bean Soup, Kale, Ditalini
Bucatini alla Amatriciana
Guanciale, Onions, Tomato, Garlic, Chili, Pecorino Romano
Trofie con Coniglio
Rabbit Ragu, Parmigiano Reggiano
Short Rib Agnolotti
Sugo d’Arrosto, Grana Padano
Rigatoni Cacio e Pepe
Black Pepper, Pecorino Romano, Parmigiano Reggiano
Squid Ink Pasta Fra Diavolo
Lobster, Tomato, Basil, Calabrian Chili
Roasted Garden Vegetables, Tomato, Basil, Olive Oil
Salmon Acqua Pazza
Pan-Seared Salmon, Spinach, Fregola Sarda, Saffron Broth
Saltimbocca di Pollo
Flour-Dusted Chicken, Sage, Prosciutto di Parma, Demi-Glace
Breadcrumb-Crusted Strip Steak, Arugula, Ammoglio
Espresso-Soaked Ladyfingers, Mascarpone Cream, Valrhona Chocolate
Affogato al Caffè
Vanilla Bean Gelato, Fresh Espresso Shot
Torta della Nonna
Citrus Shortcrust Pastry, Vanilla & Citrus Custard, Pine Nuts, Powdered Sugar