The Sunday Feast at Trattoria by Chef Marc is a tribute to the Italian custom of a day spent lovingly creating traditional dishes to share with friends and family. Chef Marc always chooses to indulge his diners with the finest culinary elements, and the Sunday Feast is no exception. The three-course meal he creates from scratch varies each week based on his inspiration and the freshest ingredients available. Diners are encouraged to gather their friends and loved ones to make memories while enjoying gourmet dishes, which are served family-style, emulating the Italian custom.
The feast includes an appetizer as the first course, which might consist of a Caesar salad, charcuterie or a garlic bianca pizza, for example. Then it’s on to the second course, which centers around a traditional Italian Sunday “gravy” — a beautifully seasoned tomato sauce that simmers all day with meatballs, sausage, or beef. The third course will be a delicious dessert created by executive pastry chef Fabrice Bendano, and might include cannoli or gelato, among other tasty treats.
Along with the first two courses, Chef Marc offers side dishes like roasted vegetables, lasagna, baked ziti, gnocchi and other pastas.
“The menu changes every week,” said executive sous chef Joel Ott, “but it always features the tomato sauce your Italian grandma cooks sausages, meatballs and other tender slow-cooked meats in. The menu is always simple-but-good food.”
Amanda Leyva of Las Vegas, NV, recently visited Trattoria for the Sunday Feast with her family. “This was the most amazing authentic Italian cuisine we’ve ever enjoyed as a family,” she said. “It truly felt like we were gathered around our own table making memories.” She and her family also raved about the food served, and she added, “That was hands-down the best garlic bread I’ve ever had the pleasure of sharing.” It’s worth mentioning that Leyva grew up in Gilroy, CA, the garlic capital of the world, so she knows her garlic.
Chef Marc says the Sunday Feast is geared toward affordability, quality and family, and that it’s something he really enjoys doing for his customers.
“It feels good to do the Sunday Feasts because it reminds me of my own childhood and Sundays when my mother was in the kitchen cooking for the whole family,” he says. “It stopped when we opened our own restaurant and couldn’t do it anymore. In our business, as a chef or a restaurant owner, all the holidays belong to the customers and you’re the person who creates this environment and atmosphere for them. So I love it when people come in and order the Sunday Feast because I know they’re going to appreciate the experience.”
The Sunday Feast is only $45 for adults, $15 for children ages 5 to 12, and free for children less than 5 years old. For more information or to make reservations, please call (725) 214-4950 or visit ahernhotel.com.
Photography by: Michelle Pautz