Fortina: Meet the new plant based “meatless” dishes

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Plant based “meatless” meatballs

We recently dined at  Fortina in Armonk.  The eatery owned by Christian Petroni, who is also the chef behind the Fortina group of restaurants which feature classic New York Italian dishes and pizza.   Recently Fortina has embraced the plant based trend in dining and has rolled out two new dishes,  meatless Meatballs and meatless Chicken Parm.

The meatless “meat” is the product of Hungry Planet  They provide the plant based meat, which then Chef Petroni transforms into his dishes with his own touch of sauces and spices.   We understand the recipe is almost the same as the traditional meat version that is on the menu.  We were curious to see how it tasted.

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Plant based “Chicken” Parm

The plant based meatballs were soft and delicious and had a texture very similar to ground meat.  The delicious blend of spices and marinara sauce complemented the dish and we were pleasantly surprised.  It was that good.

The plant based Chicken Parm was the star of the show as it looked, sliced and tasted exactly like traditional Chicken Parm.  We had to check with the waitress to see if they brought the incorrect order.  It was fantastic with light breading and served with marinara.  We would order this dish again.

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Wood fired Cauliflower

We understand more meatless dishes are in the works including Italian sausage which we look forward to tasting in a future visit.    For the vegetarian of healthy eater in your party there are plenty of options, including pasta, Broccoli Rabe, Wood Fired Cauliflower, Wood fired Carrots and a Wood Roasted Veggie Platter for two.

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Wood Roasted Veggie platter for 2

Naturally, Fortina has not strayed from its traditional fare which has made the restaurants so popular.  Wood fired pizzas, pastas,  rib eye steak, regular Chicken Parm, Spaghetti and Meatballs and Pork Braciole all remain cornerstones of the menu.

We were excited to try the new plant based dishes coming now on the menu at Fortina and look forward to their new items.

Fortina

Armonk, Yonkers,  Rye Brook, Stamford, Brooklyn,

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Kashi: New seasonal menu compliments the sushi at this hip, modern Japanese restaurant in Stamford.

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We recently dined at Kashi a Japanese eatery and bar located in Downtown Stamford along Restaurant Row. Upon entering  Kashi Sushi Bar and Japanese Restaurant my impression was of a special and swanky environment.  Modern decor, soft muted purple lighting and a club like atmosphere blend to create  multi-sensory experience. Introduced to the city’s thriving restaurant scene in January of 2016, Kashi’s has crafted a space and menu that is both innovative and artistic in its approach to sushi and Japanese food.

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The Scorpion Bowl cocktail

The bar is creates a hip and modern environment in which to enjoy pre or post dinner cocktails. The list of special cocktails is quite impressive and innovative.  Old favorites can be found there such as the fun Scorpion Bowl which is always a fun cocktail to enjoy with others.

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Grilled Lobster

While the menu is filled with sushi and sashimi favorites, the new Seasonal Special Menu was the reason for our recent visit.  Interesting dishes abound including Grilled Lobster which is prepared with grilled seaweed and a chili sauce.   Seared Yellowtail Tuna  combines a pleasant presentation in a dark covered bowl  and includes seared yellowtail with yuzu, kosho gel and a yuzu dashi sauce.  Delicious.

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Yellowtail Tuna

The Double Wrap was another new and interesting dish with soy paper wraps filled with spicy lobster salad and topped with a mango salmon chili.  This was paired on the same plate with a fantastic cucumber wrap with spicy tuna inside.  The seasonal menu is sure to be a hit and help insert new flavors into the offerings at Kashi.

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Double Wrap

We also decided to sample some of the classic dishes and enjoyed the Thai Basil Chicken, which is prepared in a wok with mushroom, onion, carrot and a chili paste basil sauce.  Though not Japanese, this was a delicious dish.

For sushi fans, the Sushi and Sashimi for 1, is a great dish (and large enough to share).  A wonderful presentation over crushed ice with a light underneath the ice which includes sushi, sashimi and a spicy tuna roll.

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Sushi and Sashimi for 1

Kashi presents food that is only fresh and tasty, but does so in a visually interesting manner.  Add the upscale modern atmosphere that seemingly transports you from your average restaurant to a new exotic dining locale, and you have a winning combination.

Kashi

133 Summer Street, Stamford, CT

www.kashijapanese.com/kashistamford