The chefs of Mardi Gras Fine Foods reach for pure olive oil and MSG-free recipes to create their Mediterranean-, Cajun-, and German-style deli foods. Freshly made main dishes, such as beef brisket and hot-pepper-jelly tortas, sit in a refrigerated deli case, ready to be packaged up and taken home. Meanwhile, bakers whip up brownies, scones, and muffins, and stack platters high with mini-croissant sandwiches and paninis.
Bent on accommodating guests' desires, the courteous staff also takes special orders to meet specific dietary needs. In addition, custom-designed catering menus feed parties from 5 to 500 atop white table linens or the backs of volunteer ghosts.
It would be easy to pass an entire afternoon in Frank Anthony's lush garden courtyard, reclining on comfortable patio chairs and slowly polishing off a bottle of BYOB wine. Servers stroll through the forest of linen umbrellas, expertly balancing trays of Italian dishes while refilling glasses of San Pellegrino. Inside the elegant dining hall, intimate tabletops host guests, whose faces are illuminated by the glow of soft hanging lights. In the kitchen, chefs fold fresh meats, seafood, and seasonal vegetables into traditional Italian dishes, tossing crispy calamari in garlic, baking crusty Italian rolls, and crushing plum tomatoes using only their minds. Meanwhile, pizzas rise in the oven, speckled with toppings of wild mushrooms, savory sausage, and spicy peppers.
The culinary wizards at Spanish Pavillion adroitly sate hunger pangs with their multifarious lunch and dinner menus that feature authentic Spanish cuisine. Noontime noshers feast on handheld victuals such as an imported ham-and-cheese panini with saffron aioli ($8) or delve carnivorously lunching forks into the meaty depths of the 8-ounce filet mignon with mojo verde ($16). During dinner, put kindergarten-honed sharing skills into practice with the savory tapas menu, which dishes out small plates including a Galician bean stew ($4), grilled chorizo ($9), and octopus with hot paprika ($11). Larger entrees include the paella calasparra, hosting a toothsome protein party of clams, mussels, prawns, calamari, scallops, chicken, shrimp, and chorizo congenially hot-tubbing in a saffron seafood broth ($26, $49 for two). Red-wine-braised short ribs delight mouths with their tender flavor-kisses ($24), and the 1.25-pound grilled twin lobsters team up in matching red costumes for a palatable duet ($31).
My business is 100% personal, individual and custom. I make each cake, cookie or cupcake, by hand, by myself. I work with the customer to design every element from concept to reality and then create each item from scratch. My business is a reflection of myself...passionate, wholesome, and expressive...in a sugary medium!
Exposed brick with candles tucked on tiny shelves and a wall bearing a coat of arms; wrought-iron chandeliers adorned with candles; crisp white tablecloths and tapestries depicting the Italian countryside. The setting welcomes diners to Porcini Italian Trattoria, where authentic Italian food awaits, more warmly than sliming them with lasagna as soon as they cross the threshold. Among the most popular dishes are chicken toscano, bruschetta, and artichoke, according to customer reviews.
There is rarely a free moment during the bustling workdays of the chefs at Pompei Little Market. As soon as they enter their shop and slip into aprons, they begin slicing up meats, cheeses, and vegetables for their selection of made-to-order paninis, sandwiches, and wraps. They also whip up chunky tuna, chicken, and egg salads before darting over to stoves to stir pots of seasonal homemade soups. Once the lunch rush has ended, they turn their attention to catering orders, arranging platters of cold cuts, assorted paninis, and pastries. The chefs also pack large trays with freshly made Italian specialties, from meaty lasagna to savory mussels marinara.
Amid all this bustle, the market's staff also designs custom gift baskets to match a variety of occasions, such as baskets of fine champagne and chocolates to celebrate weddings or gourmet hard candies to support a friend's New Year's resolution to stop chewing. While customers await their orders of freshly made deli sandwiches, catered meals, or specialty baskets, they can also peruse the shop's selection of fine wines and liquors.