In response to constant demand since its opening, the ever-popular il Giallo Osteria & Bar in Sandy Springs is offering Passover options on its menu this year for those who don’t keep glatt-kosher.
“Over the past 3 1/2 years during Passover, a lot of guests have asked them if they’d consider having matzah available instead of bread or make a matzah ball soup,” said Debbie Rosen of The Rosen Group, which represents the restaurant. “The community has really embraced Chef Jaime [Adams] and he really wanted to try to accommodate those requests.”
The Passover menu will include a specific three-course meal made up of dishes specifically suited to the dietary needs of the Jewish community.
For $39, the rotating menu is:
Friday: Matzah ball soup; grilled salmon, asparagus, arugula, parsley and celery leaves salad; panna cotta.
Saturday: Matzah ball soup; roasted chicken breast, broccolini, potato kugel; ice cream, matzah toffee.
Sunday: Matzah ball soup; beef short rib, roasted spring vidalia onion, cauliflower puree; haroset.
Monday: Chopped liver, matzah crackers; pan-roasted halibut, Yukon potatoes, blistered cherry tomatoes; panna cotta.
Tuesday: Chopped liver, matzah crackers; grilled salmon, toasted quinoa, zucchini, roasted peppers; ice cream, matzah toffee.
Wednesday: Chopped liver, matzah crackers; slow-roasted smoked brisket, braised cabbage; haroset.
Thursday: Matzah ball soup; lamb chops, quinoa, caramelized carrots and vidalia onion; panna cotta.
Friday: Matzah ball soup; roasted chicken breast, Yukon potatoes; blistered cherry tomatoes; ice cream, matzah toffee.
Saturday: Chopped liver, matzah crackers; slow-roasted smoked brisket, arugula, celery leaves salad; salsa verde; haroset.
In addition to the special menu, matzah will be available as a replacement for bread and Adams has been preparing his matzah ball soup recipe. Some classic il Giallo favorites will also be available with modifications for Passover.
“He really is the most accommodating chef. He’s always willing to take requests for this or that,” Rosen said. “He always says, ‘If I have it in house, I’m happy to make it.’”
Dishes that can be modified for Passover, upon request, include:
Lacinato kale and arugula: honey apple cider vinaigrette, North Georgia apples, gorgonzola, $12.
Caesar salad: romaine hearts, grana, anchovies, salted or white, $11.
Broccolini: garlic, calabrese pepper, shaved pecorino, $8
Cavolo nero: garlic sautéed lacinato kale, tomato, $10
Cavolfiore: oven charred cauliflower, salsa verde, $8
Cavoletti di Bruxelles: roasted brussels sprouts, toasted hazelnuts, balsamic vinegar, $9
Tonno: spice rubbed and grilled rare tuna, broccolini, smoky roasted pepper purée, $29
Pesce intero: whole roasted fish, capers, lemon, evoo, $29 per pound.
Salmon: grilled Big Green Egg short smoked salmon, pickled beets, arugula, fennel blood orange vinaigrette, $24
Pollo alla romana: roasted Springer Mountain Farms chicken breast, roasted peppers, tomato, evoo, smashed, $19
Scallopina di vitello: pounded veal tenderloin, roasted cauliflower, lemon, caper, white wine, $26