Offering a choice of appetizer, main, and dessert for two we were able to choose from anything off the regular menu with our gift card. Our server joyfully warned us that we were in for a lot of food! First we ordered a bottle of Monteppulciano D'Abruzzi "Farnese" 2010, a light red wine of Italy that comes from the Abruzzi Region. We sipped on the wine and nibbled on the freshly baked bread while we decided on our courses. I chose the Funghi di Spinaci, a lovely starter of white mushroom caps fully stuffed with spinach and Italian cheeses. It was topped with their famous cheesy and white Bernini Sauce. Keith ordered the classic La Torre di Melanzane. Stacked slices of eggplant breaded and pan fried were layered with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and fresh basil. Both appetizers were very fresh and paired well with the wine.
Osso Bucco alla Costello, which was a slow braised 16 ounce veal shank in veal stock, tomato sauce, red wine and diced vegetables. The meat was then glazed with its own juices and served over saffron and mushroom risotto. The portion was also very large and Keith was not able to finish all the risotto, so packed that up to go as well knowing we still had a dessert course to come.
With the dessert menus, our server brought us shots of white Sambuca and Amaretto as a complimentary after dinner toast for good luck. We chose to drink only the Amaretto and it was so sweet! To end my meal, I chose the Spumoni Cannoli Mousse Cake - Filomena's version of the Italian favorite age old Spumoni Ice Cream. First green pistachio mousse (laden with pistachio nuts) followed by a layer of fresh strawberry mousse, then the center of cannoli cream with chips of chocolate and red cherries. It was beautiful, colorful, and delicious! The presentation and flavors were so unique and really stood out to me. I would definitely order this again. Keith ordered the Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake that was rich and came with a freshly made "turtle candy" under a mountain of Filomena's famous cheesecake ~ Wow!
We had a great meal at Filomena and normally would not have ordered so much had it not been for our "Table for Two" gift card. (Thank you, Aunt Debbie for the treat!) Many Italian classics in addition to modern twists are available on the menu - all in huge portion sizes, so I suggest you share. The restaurant also seems popular for special occasions as we heard "Happy Birthday" sung four different times in the the time were were there. Check out why Filomena is loved by presidents, celebrities, and guests from all over the world. Make reservations ahead of time, since tourists often come in to dine making the wait a bit longer than usual.
Total Rating: 3.65
Food: 4, Price: 3, Service: 4, Ambience: 3, Accessibility: 3
What I ate:
Funghi di Spinaci
white mushroom caps stuffed with spinach and Italian cheeses.
topped with their famous Bernini Sauce.
with pancetta, sundried tomatoes and artichokes in a vodka cream sauce
Spumoni Cannoli Mousse Cake
green pistachio mousse, fresh strawberry mousse, with a center of cannoli cream
La Torre di Melanzane
stacked slices of eggplant breaded and pan fried when ordered.
layered with fresh mozzarella cheese, tomato sauce and fresh basil.
Osso Bucco alla Costello
slow braised 16 ounce veal shank "Osso Bucco Style"
in veal stock, tomato sauce, red wine and diced vegetables.
served over saffron and mushroom risotto, then glazed with its own juices.
Chocolate Caramel Cheesecake
flourless chocolate cake base covered with homemade rick thick caramel,
laden with toasted pecans, then piled high with our creamy cheesecake