Visiting the Sage Room Ristorante Italiano for Father's Day
On Father’s Day, I did something really special with my wife and dad. I took them to The Sage Room Ristorante Italiano in Agoura, California.
I have quite a bit of history with the Sage Room. The owner, Claudio, came to the Culinary Classroom a couple of years ago looking for a Master Chef program for his son, Luca. Luca enrolled in the Master Chef Program, graduated, and now helps his father run the restaurant. Claudio also sent one of his chefs to take my program (who had been working in the culinary industry for twenty years already!) He wanted him to learn the French-based system that I teach here at the Classroom. I am still flattered that Claudio decided to send his chefs here to learn from me and you too can learn what they learned in my programs at Chef Eric’s Culinary Classroom.
Claudio’s service and cuisine at the Sage Room far exceeded all of our expectations, so let me tell you what we ordered and enjoyed for this special Father’s Day meal:
Dungeness Crab Cake & Basil Aioli
This was a great appetizer that wasn’t too bready and featured sweet crab and the freshest Aioli. Great way to start off the night.
Duck Pate, Baked Goat Cheese & Crostini
The crostini was perfectly done, and we absolutely loved the smoky flavor of the pate. Sinful.
PAZZO – Baked Free Range Chicken Breast with Sundried Tomato Cream, Baked Eggplant & Cambanzola Triple Creamy Blue Vein Cheese
This dish was so decadent and rich that I didn’t even feel like I needed dessert!
BRASATO – Slow Barolo Braised Black Angus Italian Short Ribs
The wine flavor was absolutely incredible and really came through when you were eating it. We all shared!
SAPORITO – Veal Scaloppini with Marsala, Portobello & Shallots
There are not many places where you can order veal in Southern California, and the Sage Room definitely knows how to cook it tenderly and it was so flavorful!
All in all, this was an excellent meal and my father was very pleased! I highly recommend the Sage Room. It is the perfect place to take your family or a date. We sat out on the patio and enjoyed the wonderful California sunshine with this delicious meal. I’ll be back for more of their seasonal menus! Don’t forget their varied wine list – we enjoyed a full-bodied red wine with our dinner.
For more information, visit: www.sageroomagoura.com