Post # 1
We’re leaning heavily toward an Italian restaurant a few blocks from the courthouse that’s been in business for 60+ years. Great food and pretty good atmosphere, at least according to my mother, who used to go there all the time when she was in college.
FH and I want to do a limited menu to minimize headaches and costs (we’ll have roughly 29 people with us, if everyone we invite chooses to attend–they’re all family and close friends so I’m guessing most of them will). We’re going to set up menu cards so there’s no confusion, and would like to do 4-5 choices.
So, which would you pick?
Chicken Parmigiana (with prosciutto and provolone) : $12.95
Chicken Cacciatore (half chicken with mushrooms and dry wine) : $14.95
Top Sirloin Supreme (10 oz.) : $13.50
Veal Milanese : $12.95
Fried Shrimp (breaded butterfly shrimp with lemon and cocktail sauce) : $13.95
Broiled Salmon with light butter sauce : $13.95
Vegetarian (we have to have one of these)
Spinach Tortellini (with choice of red or white sauce) : $13.25
Spaghetti with tomato sauce : $8.25 (see if we can add veggies to this)
Baked Lasagna: $10.95
Cheese or Meat Ravioli (with choice of sausage or meatball) : $11.95
Oven-Baked Calzone (mozzarella, romano, parmesan, ricotta, and choice of ham, beef, or spinach) : $10.50
Antipasto (fresh produce, salami, and cheese mixed with special seasoning) : $7.75
Post # 3
Feel free to suggest the best combinations, too. 🙂
Post # 4
I voted for the chicken cacciatore, top sirloin, broiled salmon, spaghetti, and lasagna. Those are tried-and-true dishes and Italian standards, and there’s something in there to please almost everyone.
Post # 5
@tarheelgrad98: That’s true. 🙂 I’m not sure how big a 10 oz. sirloin is but it should be plenty, right? 16 and 22 seemed like a bit much (and were way more expensive, too).
Post # 6
These all sound great to me! But I voted for one chicken and the rest pasta, probably not the best combo though 🙂
Post # 7
I voted for Chicken Parm, Broiled Salmon, Top Sirloin, and Spinach Tortellini but seafood and pasta and Italian in general tend to be my favorites. I could go for spinach tortellini right now. Have you tasted your caterer’s cacciatore? It usually has peppers in it, too, and I have known it to have a little kick depending on who makes it — it may not be the broadest crowd pleaser. I think Chicken Parm is a “safer” choice, which is also why I picked the Sirloin. The salmon and tortellini I picked because they’d be my two favorites from the menu, and as the bride, I would deserve to pick my favorites as long as there are other crowd pleaser items, I think.
Post # 8
I picked one from each category:
Post # 9
@Amaryllis: Good point about the potential for chicken with a kick on the cacciatore route, but I was thinking that it wouldn’t have a red sauce like chicken parm. And if two or three other items on the menu had a red sauce (like the pastas), then it might be nice to have the chicken dish without a red sauce. I tend to overthink menu selections, though! 🙂
@Statutory Grape: I think 10 oz. is a completely appropriate size. Will the entrees come with a starter salad and/or bread? Plus, you’ll have wedding cake, so that should be plenty!
Post # 10
@tarheelgrad98: Oh, we actually weren’t planning on having a wedding cake…I mean, we could get a small two-tiered round one for about $30, but it all depends, haha.
Post # 11
@Statutory Grape: Oops! My bad, Well, even still, I think it will be plenty. 🙂
Post # 12
@tarheelgrad98: It’s okay–I hadn’t even considered a cake. Hah!
Post # 13
I picked chicken parm, spinach tortellini, salmon, veal, and baked lasagna. Something for everyone!
Post # 14
Oooh oven baked Calzone, it sounds so yummy!
Post # 15
Spaghetti, calzone, lasagna, ravioli. It covers all your bases from vegetarians to meat eaters. At an Italian restaurant, I would not order a steak or seafoood and many people have moral issues with veal.
The antipasto is usually considered appetizer.
Post # 16
Spinach tortellini should definitely be your vegetarian option. However, as a vegetarian, I have to say that if it’s a really good Italian restaurant, I’d be sorely tempted by the calzones too – they can be mouthwatering.