Poggio Celebrates the Italian Holiday of Ferragosto All Month Long


Just some of the inspiration chef Peter McNee found in Italy. Photo from Facebook.

Peter McNee, the executive chef and partner at ~POGGIO~, has just returned from a two-week culinary trip through Italy sponsored by the government, where he was hosted by wineries and restaurants. That’s right, the Italian government partially paid for him to study the art of Roman cooking. But don’t be jealous! He has brought the fruits of his travels back with him and will be serving a special menu at Poggio for the month of August, so you can enjoy it too. Yes, he’s a giver.

The menu will not only reflect his experiences in Italy, but also will celebrate the Italian holiday of Ferragosto, the ultimate picnic day, when Italians go to the beach or the mountains to feast and take time to enjoy their friends and family. The menu includes fegatelli alla brace, or grilled veal liver; rigatoni alla gricia, which is rigatoni with guanciale, pecorino, and black pepper; and scafata, an artichoke, fava, and pea stew. These dishes are all served à la carte Tue-Sat evenings starting at 5:30pm with dinner service, until August 31st.