The Boot sources its fresh, seasonal ingredients from local farms to ensure that customers are never faced with a plate of summer squash with frostbite or snow peas with suntans. The restaurant's evolving menu is infused with French and Italian influences, but it maintains its true footing in Virginia virtues. This summer's savory starters ($6–$15) include summer tomato salad with basil, aged balsamic, and mozzarella; the grilled calamari packed with shrimp, orange, black olives, basil, and zucchini; and the Eastern-shore middleneck clams steamed in tomato-pepper broth with grilled bread. For dinner ($17–$26), anchor your mouth bones into the crispy fried chicken leg with a stuffed tomato of fregola, corn, garlic, and basil, or get a meatless mouthful of local veggies as served on the chef's vegetable sampler. For a comforting punch of protein, opt for the grilled rib-eye steak with sweet-potato fries and Boot's special sauce.
Wine & Cake Hobbies provisions partiers, bakers, home vintners, and aspiring brewers with the tools and skills necessary for fashioning mouthwatering baked goods and homemade wine and beer. Cake-decorating classes help assuage artistic sweet teeth while hops, fully stocked winemaking kits, and informative beer-brewing classes can prepare amateur drinksmiths for everything from upcoming barbecues to the return of Prohibition. A wealth of cake decorations and baking instruments turns simple pastries and tortes into multitiered masterpieces bedecked with colorful frosting. And an array of party favors, bridal cake tops, and decorations can add the perfect touch to weddings, anniversaries, and showers.
Michael Gomori has always been led by passion. As a young man and recent college graduate, he sidestepped a potential career in biology, a subject for which he'd lost his spark, and joined the Navy. He was eager to see the world, so he spent 27 years seeing, learning, and climbing the ranks.
When Michael reentered civilian life, he was determined to discover his next true passion—as it turned out, his passion was tucked under the crisp linens of fine dining. Joined by his wife, Diane, Michael developed a restaurant to embody his way of life, and the pair fittingly named it Passion the Restaurant.
Inside the romantic restaurant with white linens and crimson accents, couples and friends converse over new york strip steaks, Virginia crab cakes, and deboned chicken cooked under brick. Tapas dishes, such as duck sliders, spring rolls, and a cheese platter, play into the intimate environment under twinkling chandelier light.
Local artists’ works dapple the walls and are for sale, with a portion of proceeds donated to Our House Families, an organization that helps support families in need. Twice a month on the patio, patrons can partake in a cigar social, puffing away and reminiscing about the old days of candy cigarettes.
Nestled in America's Historic Triangle in an area that was first colonized in 1633, The Williamsburg Winery stretches across 320 acres of picturesque farmland known as the Wessex Hundred. The vineyard's first grape-crushing dances took place in 1987, and they've since developed to produce 25 sip-ready varietals along with a lengthy list of vintage library wines ideal for tucking in a cellar or serving to a homesick time traveler from 1993.
In a setting styled to evoke the mood of an 18th-century European winery, tours meander along a pebbled walkway alongside simple stucco structures before ducking inside a quaint wine museum. Inside the tasting room, private wine cellar, or the Gabriel Archer Tavern that overlooks the grounds, oenophiles can swirl, sip, and throw their heads back to gurgle aged libations from a large roster of wines.
Sonoma Wine Bar & Bistro's selection of 325 wines from around the world has repeatedly earned the venue Wine Spectator's Award of Excellence, as well as one of the readers’ choice awards for Best Wine List from Hampton Roads magazine in 2011. Many varietals hail from smaller-production vineyards, allowing oenophiles to sample the flavors of tucked-away Italian wineries without chartering a hovercraft. At the bar, bartenders dispense 2- and 5-ounce pours from 50 climate-controlled bottles that ensure prolonged freshness of flavor. In the bistro, executive chef Mackenzie Hess works with the staff's wine experts to pair grass-fed steaks and pan-seared crab cakes with the ideal wines from Sonoma's expansive collection.
When Il Giardino Ristorante co-owner Tony Gargiulo saw a wood-burning pizza oven for the first time during a trip to Florence, he knew he had to have one for his restaurant. And now for more than 25 years, his trusty oven—among the first of its kind in Virginia, due to how recently wood was introduced to America—has baked a cavalcade of thin-crust pies topped with vegetables, sausage, and sprigs of basil. Elsewhere in the kitchen, cooks hand make tender fettuccine and crown veal chops with porcini, shitake, and portobello mushrooms. The pastry chef whips up tiramisu, cannoli, and other Italian desserts. In a special lounge area, Il Giardino hosts live music, including a jazz vocalist who covers Sinatra songs each evening Sunday through Tuesday. Though not valid with this Groupon, the restaurant has an extensive wine list of featured reds and whites by the glass and bottle.