Ristorante Serena will be the first host of the Community Dinner series for the 2018 Malden Reads program on Tuesday, February 27, beginning at 7:00 p.m. Dine family style with other Malden Reads enthusiasts at one of Malden’s fine dining establishments. Meet new friends, enjoy delicious food and engage in meaningful conversation. “Table Talk” cards will be provided to help prompt dialogue on a range of subjects. You do not need to have read the book to attend.
Ristorante Serena, which is named for the owner-chef’s eldest daughter, opened its doors in 2006 and is located at 18 Lebanon St. in Maplewood Square in Malden. Chef Giovanni Longo immigrated to the United States from Calabria, Italy, with a sincere dedication to the art of Italian cooking, bringing with him his Italian culinary experience. He and his staff prepare a variety of classic Italian specialties, including his mother’s own recipes; other dishes are truly a creative expression of today’s unlimited culinary ingredients.
The meal will begin with a first course of bruschetta and a salad. Bread and water will also be served. The main course will consist of three dishes: ziti with tomato sauce and basil, eggplant parmesan, and chicken piccata with lemon and capers. They will be served to the entire table on large platters, allowing guests to sample all three dishes. These choices provide something for vegetarians as well as those refraining from gluten. Alcohol and other beverages will be available for additional purchase, as will any of the wonderful, homemade desserts.
Each patron or small group will be billed separately. The cost for the meal will be $20, not including tax, tip and beverages. Seating is limited so reservations must be made in advance. Call 781-324-3170 by Friday, February 23, and leave your name and contact info. Be sure to specify that you are with the Malden Reads dinner. If your plans change, please cancel in advance so that another patron can take the spot. Parking is available in the lot behind Citizens Bank; the entrance to the lot is on Lebanon Street. Hope to see you there!