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$30 for $60 Worth of Sicilian Cuisine
La Fontana Siciliana's menu has rightfully earned many fans since it debuted in 1994. Appetizers such as the melanzane—grilled eggplant, fresh mozzarella, and sliced tomatos and basil ($14.95)—start dinner. The owner personally recommends the tortellini farsumagru, which covers tortellini in meat sauce and a blend of imported cheeses ($18.95). Truffle oil decorates the risotto ai funghi's mix of rice, wild-mushroom cream sauce, and parmesan cheese ($22.95). Heartier fare includes the vitello alla salvia—veal scaloppini in a white-wine-and-lemon sauce, garnished with sautéed sage leaves and capers ($27.95). To enhance each meal, the staff has compiled a rack of wines that pair particularly well with the eatery's Sicilian cuisine ($32+ for a bottle).
La Fontana Siciliana
The first thing a visitor to La Fontana Siciliana sees is a wrought-iron pergola and gate. Sequestered just off the street and behind the gate is a courtyard filled with cozy seating, a bubbling fountain, and the entrance to the first of La Fontana's three intimate dining rooms. A single light illuminates each antique table, and waiters stroll through the rooms carrying one of the many traditional Sicilian dishes found on La Fontana's menu.
Dinners often start with appetizers such as marinated calamari or garlic bread, followed by pastas such as wild mushroom fettuccine and smoked salmon on linguine. The chef prepares four risottos nightly, and his signature dish of lamb tenderloin with figs, imported olive oil, and marsala-wine sauce can always be seen on tables. A wine list has been carefully cultivated to complement the menu's dishes, and every waiter is well versed in the best pairings.
A piano room in the back of the restaurant is constantly filled with the sound of ivories singing. The history of La Fontana Siciliana's owners lines the walls, with heirlooms from their homeland and souvenirs from their journey to America, such as a violin or the customary party hat given to immigrants on Ellis Island.