Hi. I’m guest blogger Roseann Healy for Hudson Valley Restaurant Week 2012. I dined at Il Fresco in Orangeburg with my Restaurant Week cohort and friend Chris.
What better way to spend a late Sunday afternoon than enjoying a relaxing meal at Il Fresco Restaurant in Orangeburg. This restored 1728 farmhouse has been transformed into an elegant and cozy restaurant with candlelit dining areas, and Tuscan-style décor throughout.
Chris and I were seated in the beautiful Savory Room. At the waiter’s suggestion, we started the evening off with their signature cocktail, the delicious Bellinitini, made with peach vodka and champagne. If you are in the mood for wine, they have an extensive wine menu.
For our first course, we had their Insalata Di Raffaela, a salad cleverly served in a crisp Parmesan cheese basket surrounded by endive slices. Inside the shell was warm breaded goat cheese, olives, candied walnuts and cherry tomatoes lightly sprinkled with a balsamic dressing. The highlights of this dish were the rich, creamy goat cheese and the candied walnuts, outstanding.
For her main dish, Chris chose the Rockfish Con Escarole E Fagioli, a wild sea bass fillet, pan seared and served atop a bed of escarole and cannellini beans with a touch of tomato. The fish was cooked well but needed a little more flavor. However, the tender cannellini beans sautéed with the escarole made up for it.
I ordered the Salsicce Con Cimi Di Rapa E Pomodori Seca, sweet Italian sausage over broccoli rapa and sun-dried tomatoes sautéed in garlic and olive oil. The flavors were superb in this dish.
For dessert, we tried the Crème Caramel Cake. This dessert was light and airy, not overly rich or sweet, presented on a caramel drizzled plate with a dollop of fresh whipped cream on the side.
Overall, a pleasant and relaxing afternoon at a fine dining establishment.