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Butternut Squash Ravioli in DC?

K Rock Apr 23, 2007 10:27 AM


I just went to a wedding reception in Chicago at a restaurant called Zia's. They served the most divine butternut squash ravioli with mascarpone cream sauce and toasted hazelnuts. I can't stop thinking about it. Short of jumping on a plane to Chicago, does anyone know of any restaurants locally that offer something similar on their menus? It must be vegetarian.

Thanks so much,

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  1. jpschust RE: K Rock Apr 23, 2007 10:30 AM

    Just a heads up, you may find this, but butternut squash is WAY out of season right now, so whatever you get isn't going to be fresh. That said, I've had it at Kramerbooks before where it was ok. The sauce was a sage butter and toasted pine nut sauce if I recall.

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      food.fiend RE: K Rock Apr 23, 2007 10:58 AM

      you can also buy it at Eastern Market... one of the indoor stands sells delicious homemade ravioli...

      1. KWynn RE: K Rock Apr 23, 2007 11:57 AM

        I've had a dish prepared similarly at Tosca downtown, but it was also in the fall.

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          katecm RE: K Rock Apr 23, 2007 03:03 PM

          Olives, Sesto Senso and Lia's have all had them, though I don't know if they are still on the menu. They are all quite good.

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            Indy 67 RE: K Rock Apr 23, 2007 04:45 PM

            Capri Restaurant in McLean, VA makes luscious butternut squash ravioli. Like all the other places, it is available seasonally -- and we're in the wrong season now.

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              K Rock RE: K Rock Apr 24, 2007 04:37 PM


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                K Rock RE: K Rock Apr 24, 2007 04:41 PM

                Thanks for the great suggestions! I'm going to try my luck at Eastern Market first, and then when fall comes back around, I'll leave it to the professionals and check out the restaurants you mentioned.

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                  Indy 67 RE: K Rock Apr 24, 2007 06:50 PM

                  So much for restaurants serving seasonal food. I discovered squash-filled mezzeluna on tonight's specials at Bebo. The menu description read, "mezzeluna filled with squash, cheese, ham and [something else] in a sauce of butter and sage. The unspecified squash was the orange color of a variety of winter squash. At any rate, the dish was rich and delicious.

                  FWIW, our service tonight was significantly better than past meals. The courses came out in a timely fashion and the waitress was attentive about refilling our water, etc.

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