Thanksgiving is right around the corner, both exciting and terrifying the cooks of many families across America. Fort some that have Italian roots, Thanksgiving meals may not be warmly familiar, as staples of a lot of Italian meals are missing from the traditional Thanksgiving feast. But there’s no need to worry-.The best Italian restaurants in midtown NYC have a few tricks up their sleeve!
Even an Italian restaurant in Manhattan knows the importance of Thanksgiving, so if you’re looking to add a little Italian flair to your Thanksgiving feast this year, here are some great ideas.
What better way to bring the centerpiece of all Thanksgiving meals together with Italian cuisine than turkey meatballs? These have the ability to become the real star of the meal as they are great with stuffing and all sorts of gravy.
These are a nice addition to any bread basket. Crostini are simply slices of thin bread that many will cover in pate. For a real Thanksgiving twist, try the popular chicken livers and sage pate. Again, this is yet another Italian twist that goes great with more traditional Thanksgiving gravies.
This one may be quite controversial in some households because it essentially replaces the turkey. Still, like turkey, lasagna is something that most everyone can agree one (and it has no tryptophan, that chemical in turkey that makes you so sleep afterwards). Lasagnas can be crafted to use meats such as ground beef or turkey, linking it at least minimally to a traditional Thanksgiving. While most Italian restaurants would strongly stand by any cook that decided to make third switch at the Thanksgiving table. it is something you would want to discuss with your family beforehand.
Pumpkin Fettuccine Alfredo
This one is a real twist and something you can create as a signature dish for your meal or just a fresh side item. It is made the same way as any other fettuccine alfredo dish, only with a can or so of pureed pumpkin and some nutmeg. Also, you can add in turkey or chicken to give it that extra Thanksgiving quality.
As you can see, there are quite a few ways to introduce Italian food into your Thanksgiving holiday. The important thing, of course, is that your family gets together and enjoys a great meal. The best Italian restaurants NYC welcome you to try any of these dishes or even your own unique Italian ideas to make this Thanksgiving extra special!
Head on out for an unforgettable night at ReSette, one of the best Italian NYC restaurants. Translated as “Seven Kings” in Italian, ReSette rouses the warmth and revelry of feasting at the king’s table, transporting guests to another era with exquisite design and elegant, yet rustic Southern Italian cuisine.