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Il Cortile debuts fall menu with white truffles 

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Il Cortile’s Chef Santos MacDonal has introduced a new seasonal menu highlighting fall flavors including white truffles.

The new menu sources fresh ingredients from the surrounding local and regional landscapes providing a melody of exceptional homemade pastas, fresh seafood, top quality meats and antipasti, as well as a special mozzarella menu, says MacDonal.

Il Cortile highlights truffle season with three new dishes. Their Carpaccio, made of thinly sliced sirloin is complemented with truffle cream sauce and shaved black or white truffles over the top; the homemade fettucinne dish is made with a parmesan fonduta, a drizzle of white truffle oil and white or black shaved truffles on top; the risotto also features a parmesan fonduta, a drizzle of white truffle oil and white or black shaved truffles over the top.

“I love the white truffle season because we get the white truffles from Alba in Piedmont, Italy and you can just taste the old world influence,” says chef MacDonal. “They are fragrant and delicate at the same time. The flavor is so unique. I like to express them in many ways, with a traditional dish like White Truffle Risotto or make them with our homemade Fettuccine. Our Carpaccio dish is a different way to use the truffles and makes that dish so rich. It is real comfort food!”

Signature menu items include a selection of fresh pastas, gnocchi and risottos made from scratch daily:

  • Kabocha squash gnocchi – homemade kabocha squash gnocchi on a bead of parmesan fonduta with a brown butter sage sauce.
  • Fettuccine di coniglio – fettuccine with slow roasted rabbit in a white wine herb sauce.
  • Cervo e cotogna – pan-seared venison medallions with a red wine sauce and quince.
  • Vitello ai funghi porcini – veal chop with porcini mushroom sauce, finished with truffle oil.

Il Cortile pairs its Italian cuisine with a wine list including selections from local wineries, highlighting the Central Coast along with Italian, Spanish and South American varietals. The restaurant also serves both domestic and Italian beers.

Il Cortile is located in downtown Paso Robles at 608 12th Street. The restaurant serves dinner seven days a week in its contemporary old world designed dining room as well as additional outdoor seating inside its lovely courtyard. Il Cortile offers off-site catering and hosts special events featuring local wineries, as well as participates in a number of local charities.

Chef Santos MacDonal, right, with his wife and co-owner Carole MacDonal.

Chef Santos MacDonal, right, with his wife and co-owner Carole MacDonal.



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