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Enjoy Winter Comfort Foods with Us

Winter may bring cold toes and cold fingers, but it also brings many opportunities to enjoy your favorite foods and drinks. Comfort food is an important part of the holiday season as families gather to celebrate the most festive time of year. Some beloved dishes seem to hit the spot even better when temperatures start dropping. This winter, we want to make sure your dining experience features all of the familiar flavors and aromas that you love. We hope you will come enjoy one of these winter comfort foods with us soon!

Lobster Bisque. If you’re feeling chilly this winter, a thick, creamy soup will quickly warm you up. A flavor-packed bowl of lobster bisque is one of our top recommendations for the season. Our Lobster Bisque includes Sambuca, Dry Sherry and Lobster Meat – a perfect starter for any meal.

Linguine & Clams. This beloved seafood and pasta dish is another winter must-order. After one whiff of our Linguine and Clams, you’ll be ready to devour an entire bowl. Ask your waiter for wine recommendations to pair with this delicious, garlicky comfort food.

Steak and Potatoes. Name a more iconic duo. This savory classic can be especially comforting as the holidays approach. If you find yourself craving an entree that tastes just like nostalgia feels, steak and potatoes may be exactly what you are looking for. We have a wide-variety of steak options including a 12 oz. Filet, Dry-Aged Ribeye, Prime Sirloin and Classic New York Sirloin. All of our steak comes prepared with a House Truffle Butter. Opt for our Truffle Parmesan Frites or our Bacon & Cheese Potato.

Risotto de Fungi. If you’re in the mood to enjoy a flavorful side, we highly recommend the Risotto de Fungi from our accompaniments portion of our menu. This creamy carb dish harmoniously pairs with any of our steaks, and risotto is an Italian favorite, and a must-try at all of our Strega locations.

Warm Winter Cocktails & Desserts

As the weather gets icy, you may not want the same from your drink. Luckily, we have cocktails that are just right for the cold weather. Order one of our warm winter cocktails as soon as you step inside for a quick burst of warmth.

Classic Red Sangria. A classic holiday cocktail, Red Sangria works wonderfully on a cold, winter day. With red wine for a brilliant holiday hue, the Classic Red Sangria includes Pomegranate, Peach and Cherry Liquers, and Fresh Fruit.

Winter Vacation. This is a specialty at Strega Prime which features a slew of ingredients such as Malibu Coconut, Goslings Black Seal, Bitters, Simple Syrup and a Pineapple Wedge.
Dessert. No meal is quite complete without dessert. This winter, enjoy an Italian dessert classic like Tiramisu. This coffee-flavored sweet is the perfect cap to an evening of your favorite foods.

We know you’ll love these winter comfort foods as much as we do. Visit our restaurant this winter to try one of these dishes, or any of our other excellent options!

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The Best Way to Order a Steak

Steak is at its most savory when ordered from Strega Prime. This is because restaurants are able to purchase perfectly aged beef cuts that are rarely available at supermarkets. The next time you’re debating what to get at Strega Prime, go for the steak. But first, make sure you know the best way to order it.

Cut of Steak

First, you’ll need to select a cut of steak. Our menu offers a variety of cuts for different tastes and price ranges. Here are a few options that are commonly found:

• Ribeye: This is a juicy cut of steak that is also the fattiest, which means it’s packed with flavor.
• Strip Steak: With a rich, heavy marbling, the strip steak boasts a beefy flavor.
• Filet Mignon: Recognized as the most tender meat, filet mignon can be cut with a fork.
• T-bone steak: This steak is both chewy and tender. This cut of meat includes strip steak and tenderloin that is separated by a bone.

Steak Temperature

Next, you’ll need to let the waiter or waitress know how to cook your steak. Personal discussions around the best way to cook a steak are contentious, but experts in the cooking field usually agree that steak should be cooked medium rare.

Medium rare steak is cooked to an internal temperature of 135°F. This precise temperature will draw out the rich flavors of the steak while keeping the texture tender and juicy. The exterior of the steak stays under the heat long enough to caramelize and char just a bit, but the interior will remain a rosy shade of pink. If you order your steak medium rare, you can expect a mouthwatering, perfectly tender piece of beef.

Medium is another popular choice when ordering steak as this temperature (145 degrees), you can expect your steak to be both flavorful and juicy. Typically, people will order the T-Bone steak as medium or medium rare. While a medium steak is slightly less juicy than medium rare, it does retain the delicious buttery taste.

It’s important to keep in mind that steak preference is subjective. For some people, medium rare steak will always be just a little bit too pink. Strip steak will always be just a little bit too chewy. Experiment with a few different cuts and temperatures until you find your favorite.

Ready to dig in? Book a table at Strega Prime to enjoy steak and wine. Pair your steak with a delicious sauce such as our red wine, madeira peppercorn, bearnaise or hollandaise. Our side selection features an array of carbs and veggies, like the Pancetta & Cider Brussels Sprouts or the Bacon & Cheese Potato.

Incorporate Fruit into Your Summer Salad

When the weather warms up, the food gets lighter. Salads are the perfect choice for the hot summer months, whether you need a quick lunch or a refreshing dinner after a long day. It’s easy to get into a salad rut, using the same combination of ingredients over and over, but it’s important to remember that there are all sorts of additions you can make to ramp-up your salad game.

Making use of fresh summer fruit is an especially good idea. Not only will doing this completely change the flavor of your go-to salad, but it will add extra nutrients to your daily diet. A few ideas to get you going in the kitchen are featured next:

Lemon– A freshly squeezed lemon over your salad definitely gives off summertime vibes. However, it’s important not to overdo it. If you’re serving a salad, put out a fresh bowl of lemon halves or place it to the side of each dish. At Strega Prime, we’ve incorporated lemons into our dressing, and our arugula salad features poached pears; an excellent balance of bitter and sweet flavors.

Oranges – It doesn’t get much more summery than oranges. Often used in Asian-inspired salads, oranges can actually be integrated into numerous salads. Whether you’re looking for a south-of-the-border flavor or a garden salad, adding hints of oranges adds a truly unique flavor.

Figs– Although figs might not be your go-to summer fruit, they are absolutely delicious in salads. Paired with arugula, Prosciutto di Parma, gorgonzola, and a lemon-pepper vinaigrette, figs add the perfect level of sweetness to an otherwise savory meal. Remember, the riper the fig, the sweeter the taste. If you prefer a slightly bitter edge to your fruits, consider using figs that aren’t quite ripe.

Blueberries – Blueberries can be added to just about any salad for a burst of summertime flavor. One great combination is to add these berries, whole or sliced, to a spinach and grilled chicken salad topped with fennel. Pair your salad with a delicious red or white sangria, both are packed with fruit.

Enjoy a Summer Salad at Strega Prime

Strega Prime offers a variety of summer salads for all tastes. Although we specialize in Italian fare, our staff is happy to make any substitutions or additions you desire whenever you dine with us. Next time you’re craving a salad on a hot day, join us for a light meal made from the highest quality fruits and vegetables in the region.

Don’t forget to sip on one of our summer cocktails with your salad, including our Apple Terrier with Copper Dog Scotch, Apple Liqueur and Ginger Beer. Our Strawberry Fresca is another popular option that consists of Don Julio Blanco, Muddled Strawberries, Lemon Simple Syrup and Sprite.

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Hidden Secrets of Traditional Italian Desserts

Italy is famous for more than pasta and wine. The nation’s desserts take the cake (literally and figuratively) for both locals and travelers alike. Although many try to mimic traditional Italian desserts, there’s just nothing like the real thing. As you read this guide, you’ll discover a few of the secrets that make authentic Italian desserts so irresistible to people around the world.

Tiramisu – Tiramisu is, perhaps, the most well-known of all desserts that have Italian origins. Tiramisu was first made in northern Italy, where some of the best tiramisus in the world can still be found. This decadent dessert involves coffee-dipped finger cakes layered with a mixture of mascarpone cheese, eggs, and sugar. Some bakers add a bit of almond or hazelnut liqueur to their recipes. These key ingredients change the taste of this famous dessert just a bit, making it even more delicious.

Panna cotta – The literal translation of panna cotta is “cooked cream,” which is exactly what the base of this traditional Italian dessert is. The cream is mixed with sugar and gelatin, then left to chill until it becomes solid. While the general recipe for pannacotta is the same throughout Italy, many bakers add their own secret ingredients to this indulgent dish.

Popular additions to the pannacotta mixture itself are coffee grounds, vanilla bean extract, or nutmeg. Others prefer to keep the pannacotta conventional, instead of adding their special touch in the form of a topping, such as caramel drizzle or chocolate sauce.

Gelato – Gelato, or traditional Italian ice cream, is a creamy treat that is served throughout the nation of Italy. All gelato has the same base of sugar, cream, and milk (no egg yolks like most American ice cream), but there are a variety of special ingredients that can be added to this dessert.

Many gelato shops offer their own unique flavor combinations, which may include spices or chunks of fresh fruit. You can even try making your own gelato with your personal favorite ingredients at home. A fun fact: traditional gelato isn’t served with an ice cream scoop, but a garden spade.

Join Us for Italian Desserts at Strega Prime

At Strega Prime, we strive to bring authentic Italian fare to Massachusetts daily. Whether you’re interested in joining us for a full meal or simply to test our dessert menu (our tiramisu is excellent!), we can’t wait to provide you with a wonderful experience.

From our Profiteroles with cream and chocolate to our mouth-watering Spumoni our desserts are rich in flavor. For those of you who don’t desire chocolate, come indulge in our Signature Cake; a blend of cacao and dulce de leche.

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Best Side Dishes to Have with Your Steak

When we think of steak, one of the first phrases that pops into our head is most likely “steak and potatoes”. Whether those potatoes are mashed or roasted or au gratin style, they seem to reign supreme as the ultimate side dish. Steak and potatoes is the classic and delicious pairing, however there are some side dishes that take the original potato-based sides to a new level. There are also some alternative and albeit, just as delicious ways we can pair steak with an amazing side dish.

  1. Truffle Fries

France and Belgium are very famous for their dish, “steak frites”, which is essentially a piece of steak served with French fries, so this pairing has been around for quite a while. Having these two foods that complement each other works out perfectly, because, after you finish eating the steak, you can sop up all those delicious, flavorful juices with the fries. By elevating these fries and adding the luxurious flavor of truffle, this pairing is an absolute match made in heaven.

  1. Asparagus

This is a lighter alternative to potatoes that really packs a flavor punch. Asparagus is a powerful vessel for all sorts of flavor. Typically, it is roasted or grilled with just salt and pepper, however, by adding garlic and/or red chili flakes, it really helps to heighten the flavor of not only just the asparagus, but also the main dish (in this case, we’re talking about steak).

  1. Risotto with Wild Mushrooms

With its creamy, hearty flavor, risotto is the perfect side dish for someone who wants a full-on hearty dish. The risotto itself provides a rich, velvety texture that lends itself well to meats, such as beef. On the other hand, the mushrooms provide an earthiness that really pulls this dish together. Add a glass of red wine, and you have the perfect meal.

  1. Mac and Cheese

Mac and Cheese, like risotto, provides a rich, creaminess that perfectly complements a hearty piece of meat. This side dish is not for the faint-hearted, as it creates an incredible counterbalance for the steak and sometimes adds a crunchy textural component to the dish when there is a crispy topping.

  1. Creamed Spinach

Similar to the asparagus, spinach adds a vegetable element to the dish, which can help lighten it. However, adding cream to said spinach really gives you the best of both worlds. You get a nice, light vegetable flavor, but then you also get the decadent and luscious texture from the cream. This side dish can sometimes be underrated, but it helps to tie a dish together because of its versatility.

Ready to dig into a Petite Filet or Dry-Aged Ribeye? Book a table with us today and choose from one of our many side dishes.