Taste of Tuscany

Padri Martini Bar

Did you know that you can find a taste of Tuscany right in your own backyard? We have been dining at Padri for years and always enjoy a delicious Italian meal with superb service. In fact, the food is  outstanding, and the restaurant so beautiful and rustic, that we are having our daughter's wedding here in July. We love to start off with a glass of wine or champagne from the extensive wine list, and I do mean extensive. Since it is a Martini Bar as well, you will be happy with one of the over 20 creative martini selections. We love the Basil Lemon Drop (Ketel One Citroen, Fresh Muddled Basil, and Lemon with Triple Sec), Sour Apple Martini (Absolut Vodka, De Kuyper Apple Pucker, Schnapps, and Sweet n' Sour), and our favorite,  the Bellini Martini (Absolute Mandrin Vodka, Peach Schnapps, OJ, with a Champagne Float). People go crazy for the house secret Jungle Juice, Mojitos, and bar snacks too. If you do decide to sit in the bar, reserve a cabana and be sure to order the Marinated Chicken Skewers ($12) served with homemade potato chips and Thai peanut sauce. They are to die for! We also love the marinated Beef Skewers ($12) with pesto aioli, potato chips, and Italian salsina. Marinated Shrimp Skewers ($12) with Greek yogurt and lime sauce, potato chips, and Italian salsina are another favorite. Don't miss the Trio Della Casa ($28). This is one of my favorite Padri appetizers. A trio of appetizer crab cakes, gamberoni (shrimp) ovoline di formaggio (cheese) is served over sauteed garlic spinach. If you are dining in the restaurant, you'll feel like you are in the Italian country side in someone's home. Lean back against the pillows in the rustic booths and start with some Carpaccio di Filetto di manzo ($14). Cured beef carpaccio, parmesan, and arugula are dressed in a lemon vinaigrette. The Calamari Fritti ($14) comes with a lemon herb aioli for dipping. Calamari is lightly fried and delicious. Panchetta Wrapped Jumbo Shrimp ($18) is stuffed with gorgonzola served over polenta and garlic with sauteed greens. We enjoy the 2 Affettati ($25) a choice of 2 each of Formaggi, Assaggini, and Salami. We usually choose Burrata and Taleggio cheese, marinated mushrooms and olives, and Porchetta and Prosciutto Di Parma. For salad the Cesare ($12) can't be beat. Homemade Caesar dressing, shaved parmesan, and toasted crostini make up this tasty treat. The Zuppa di Aragosta ($8), Lobster Bisque with fresh corn and sweet potato is perfect on a cold night. Spaghetti Con Le Polpettine ($17) remains an old favorite. Veal, and ricotta cheese meatballs make up this traditional dish. The Risotto Alla Valdostana ($24) is porcini mushroom risotto, roasted chicken breast stuffed with Italian speck, and fontina cheese. This is risotto done right! The Pollo Alla Parmigiana ($22) is chicken breast, marinara, fresh mozzarella, and pesto papparadelle. Sauce is light. Another fantastic dish is the Pollo Schiaccato Alla Diavola ($24). A whole broiled and deboned free-range chicken is marinated with whole grain mustard, served with roasted poatato wedges and sauteed spinach. Desserts are house-made and are always something to look forward to. Padri Martini Bar 29002 Agoura Road, Agoura Hills, (818) 865-3700

 

Recommended Dishes: Trio Della Casa, Marinated Chicken Skewers, Marinated Beef Skewers, Spaghetti Con Le Polpettine, Risotto Alla Valdostana, Pollo Alla Parmigiana.

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