Palio d’Asti Italian Restaurant San Francisco Offers Holy Week Specials April 18-23

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Traditional Easter Time and Italian Jewish Seder Dishes Ask “What Would Jesus Eat?”

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Palio d’Asti is serving special Holy Week dishes during April 18-23.

The Last Supper was a Jewish Seder, albeit an unusual one with everyone sitting on only one side of the table

Merging traditional lamb and kid dishes with an array of historic Italian Jewish offerings appropriate for the Passover holiday, Palio D’Asti downtown San Francisco Italian restaurant answers the culinary question of “What Would Jesus Eat” during Holy Week, April 18-23 with a changing roster of daily specials. Known for its seasonally changing menu of authentic Italian cuisine at lunch and dinner, Palio is located midway between Union Square and the Financial District; only a 10-minute walk from Moscone Convention Center http://www.paliodasti.com.

Having studied, lived, and worked in Italy, each dish chef owner Dan Scherotter creates has a soul, an origin, a sense of terroir and a reason for being. Palio’s Spring menu in general takes its primary inspiration from Central Italy, and particularly Rome. Compared to its more hearty winter fare, the food is lighter and cleaner in flavor; with fresh herbs used in abundance. Holy Week Specials will feature snapper, suckling lamb, and baby kid along with an emphasis on spring chicken and farm fresh eggs. Spring at Palio D’Asti is also about artichokes, asparagus, peas, favas, spring onions, strawberries and rhubarb from the garden – including a perennially popular Rhubarb Margarita on the seasonal cocktail list.

“The Last Supper was a Jewish Seder, albeit an unusual one with everyone sitting on only one side of the table,” quipped Scherotter. “With that in mind, the entire week we will be walking the religious holiday tightrope with dishes that are both ‘kosheresque’ for Passover in the Italian-Jewish style; and are also traditional for Good Friday, Maundy Thursday, and Holy Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday. Like all our dishes throughout the year, they are made from local, organic produce; sustainable fish; and artisan ranch meats and poultry. ”

Known for its Wine Spectator award winning list, the fresh, herbaceous flavors of the season lend themselves to the many medium bodied Chiantis, Super Tuscans and other Sangiovese based wines offered; while Peroni beer and other drafts, as well as seasonal cocktails from the bar can make fun pairings. Buttermilk and Pistachio Pudding with Rhubarb Compote and Watsonville Strawberry Pie with Whipped Cream are spring-centric inspired desserts that join Devil’s Food Chocolate Cake with Dulce di Leche Hazelnut Sauce and Candied Orange, as well house made cookies, truffles, biscotti, gelato, sorbet, an assortment of Italian cheeses and five seasonal flavors of Amedei Organic Chocolates- a Palio San Francisco exclusive.

About Palio d’Asti
Celebrating 20 years of authentic, seasonal Italian cuisine with a Slow Foods approach, Palio D’Asti features classic and contemporary Italian regional fare combined with exceptional, white table cloth service at its ala carte lunch and prix fixe dinner. Open Monday-Friday for lunch and Monday-Saturday for dinner Palio d’Asti also hosts the best San Francisco Happy Hour featuring a wide selection of artisan pizza for only $1 with the purchase of two adult beverages from 4-7pm Monday through Friday.

With several rooms available for group dining for 20-200, as well as a private smoking patio and a full time banquet department that can arrange everything from live music and dancing to specialty wedding cakes, Palio d’Asti is also a top San Francisco party venue available for private dining 7 days a week for breakfast, lunch, dinner and mid day corporate meetings and presentations.

Palio d’Asti is located at 640 Sacramento Street between Kearny and Montgomery in San Francisco. Validated parking is available during lunch and dinner at the Portsmouth Square Garage only 1 ½ blocks away. For reservations or more information call (415) 658-9295 or to make reservations online visit http://www.paliodasti.com

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