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Live Jazz with Don Aliquo--plus Valentine's Menu

Event Details

Live Jazz with Don Aliquo--plus Valentine's Menu

Time: February 11, 2012 from 8:30pm to 11pm
Location: Gypsy Cafe
Street: 1330 Bingham St
City/Town: Pittsburgh / South Side
Website or Map:
Phone: 4123814977
Event Type: live, jazz
Organized By: Gypsy Cafe
Latest Activity: Feb 11, 2012

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Event Description

Starting Saturday, Gypsy will offer a special Prix Fixe insert to our regular menu, below.

Gypsy Cafe Valentine’s Menu 2012

First Course, shared

Hunk a Burnin’ Love Saganaki (v)

Heart-shaped Kasseri cheese, breaded, pan-fried, baked hot, flamed with Ouzo tableside, and extinguished with lemon

Second Course, choice of:

C’est L’Amour Salad (v)

A mix of bitter greens, sweet berries, feta, almonds. With Pomegrante Vinaigrette

Violetta’s Valentine Soup (v)

A valentine to our sweet little daughter, Violetta. Purple-pink cream soup of red cabbage and potato

Entree Course, choice of:

Casanova Pasta

Bucatini pasta tossed with kalamata olive, roasted garlic, melted tomato, sweet basil, and anchovy (v without anchovy)

Pomegranate Pulled Pork

Pork slow-roasted with sweet-tart pomegranate molasses (Slow roasted Pork = Love)

Chipotle Salmon

Salmon fillet broiled and finished with spicy-sweet chipotle honey, garnished with pepitas

Gypsy Borscht

Rich, redolent, deeply flavored stew of beef roast, roasted beets, tomato, red cabbage, and onion

Dessert Course, shared



(Tax and gratuity not included)

Note: This is a menu built for two--but sharing certainly doesn’t have to be just for couples on dates! Share with your sister, your best friend, your neighbor, your kid! Hell, share with someone you don’t even like--we applaud your efforts to bury the hatchet...right into a flaming heart of CHEESE!

To Sweeten the pot....

Saturday 11th: Jazz with Don Aliquo!

Mr. Hepcat himself, the legendary saxophonist Don Aliquo and his swinging combo will be starting at 8:30. If music be the food of love, then Don will be supplying a smooth smorgasbord of cool sounds for you and your sweet baboo to feast upon while you enjoy your meal.

Sunday 12th: Famous Couples Brunch

Chef Jim will man the the griddle and grill 11:30-2:30 for our annual “Famous Couples” themed brunch!

Tuesday 14th: Valentine’s Day

If we don’t get to see you over the weekend, we’re happy to host you day of the Valentine-type festivities!

Thank so much for your time and we hope to see you this weekend at Gypsy Cafe!

Call for Reservations!

Melanie and Chef Jim

412.381.GYPSY (4977)

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