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Worcester Restaurant Week 2012

Couple choosing selections for dinner The winter has been relatively mild this year; still, it’s chilly enough for some people to prefer to stay indoors. After all, 30 degrees, particularly when coupled with a biting wind, can be less-than-inviting.

However, now that spring is approaching, getting out and about becomes considerably more appealing. Therefore, Worcester Restaurant Week could not come at a more opportune time!

What is Worcester Restaurant Week? It’s an almost two-week period (okay it’s longer than a week) where area restaurants offer multi course meals, typically three, at an extremely reasonable price. Actually, the cost is only $23.12. In fact, this delicious event takes place only twice a year, and this spring it’s running from March 19-March 31.

Sound tempting? Here are some of the mouth-watering foods being offered.

  • Rosalina’s Kitchen—83 Hamilton Street, Worcester. The first course at Rosalina’s Kitchen features a choice of Strawberry Salad with gorgonzola cheese, slivered almonds, and fresh strawberries, Pasta Fagioli, or Mussels in a spicy tomato sauce. The scrumptious main meal selections are Pan-seared Haddock with pasta (or potato and vegetable), Shrimp Scampi with pasta, Veal Bracciole with pasta (or potatoes), Chicken Parmesan with pasta, or Eggplant Steaks with linguini. And the final course? Mini Cannolis or House-made Gelato.
  • Flying Rhino, 278 Shrewsbury Street, Worcester. The Flying Rhino appetizer offerings are as follows: Watermelon and Feta Salad, Petite Caesar Salad, Crab Rangoon, or Rhino Hot Wings. The delectable dinner options? Asian Beef Short Rib in a hoisin and lemongrass glaze over rice noodles, Chicken and Vegetable Stir Fry sautéed in a spicy Szechwan sauce over rice, Cajun Salmon Fresca, or Farmstand Ravioli in a smoky tomato sauce. Coffee and homemade dessert cap off the evening with a choice of Flying Fried Rhino Dough a la mode or White Chocolate Croissant a la mode.
  • A.J. Tomaiolo’s Restaurant, 411 West Main Street, Northborough. The Antipasti choices at A.J. Tomaiolo’s Restaurant are Caesar Salad, House Salad, Escarole Soup, or Tortellini Soup. The tasty Entrée offerings are Seafood Fra Diavolo (fresh lobster, shrimp, scallops, and mussels in a spicy sauce over pasta), Steak alla Madeira (12 ounce steak in a Madeira wine), Haddock Annabella (fresh haddock stuffed with a crabmeat stuffing), or Veal Siciliano (sautéed in olive oil and served over meat ravioli). And dessert? Cheesecake or Vanilla Ice Cream with a three-berry sauce.
  • The Manor Restaurant, 42 West Boylston Street, West Boylston, MA. Okay, The Manor Restaurant includes four courses! For starters, there’s a choice of Soup, Chowder, or Bisque. The second course offers a pick of Mixed Green Salad, Caesar Salad, or Manor Salad. The succulent supper selections feature 2 Petit Filet, Salmon Encrusted with Crabmeat, Chicken Gina, 12 ounce NY Strip Sirloin, Chicken Cappelini, or Baramundi. And the finale? Cheesecake or Pumpkin Ice Cream.

Yes, this all sounds impressive, but only four locations participate in Worcester Restaurant Week? No, numerous restaurants partake in this early spring event. For additional information regarding this delicious Worcester happening, go to http://www.worcesterrestaurantweek.webs.com/.

Bon Appétit!