March 23, 2017 By Staff Report
Spring is here, and one Italian restaurant is celebrating the season with a new menu.
Oro Restaurant & Lounge, located at 41-17 Crescent St., has made authentic Italian cuisine a highlight of its menu since opening its doors in Dutch Kills last August. This month, under the helm of executive chef Scott Andriani, the restaurant is introducing a slew of new food items to bring a twist to what they currently offer.
“The new menu is a play on two generations of ownership,” said restaurateur Mike Celic, “paying homage to the neighborhood which itself is in between two stages of development.”
Appropriately, the menu is divided into two sides labeled “Classics” and “Modern,” with the former listing familiar dishes such as penne alla vodka, fettuccini alfredo and whole roasted branzino.
The modern side of the menu features what Celic said is Oro’s fun twist on some well known dishes. This includes the restaurant’s pan sauced black bass served with preserved lemon risotto and apricots, the strozzapreti pasta served with duck bolognese, sweet peas and ricotta cheese, as well as other modified meals.
“Take a porchetta for example, which is normally prepared by rolling crispy pork skin,” explained Chef Andriani. “Instead of pork, we’ll use chicken, and throw in corn veloute, as well as black garlic to give it a Mexican-Japanese flare.”
Another new portion of the menu titled, “Butcher Block,” features steakhouse meats including a 28 ounce bone-in Tomahawk rib eye steak, a 14 ounce New York strip steak, and the restaurant’s own dry-aged steak burger with taleggio, tomato jam, and pickled onions served with thrice cooked fries.
“We do our own dry-aging on some of our beefs,” said Andriani, “and we believe that true steakhouse fans will appreciate it.”
Oro is looking to launch a bottomless brunch menu in May, which includes $9 a la carte items such as shrimp and grits with roasted tomato broth, avocado pizza, and their maple ham with potato frittata, scrambled eggs and pickled jalapenos.
Most recently, Oro hosted the LIC Partnership’s first networking night of the year, which saw about 100 attendees.
Those that are interested in making reservations or who wish to host an event are asked to e-mail [email protected] or call (718) 729-1801.