Edward: Had a terrific lunch at Torinos on Thursday — squid ink tagliatelle with mussels, clams, shrimp and calamari. Pasta: delicious. Broth: delicious. Seafood: perfectly cooked. CAN RECOMMEND.

A quick plug for our favorite restaurant: Torinos is celebrating its 3rd birthday on Thursday, May 23rd (which is also Chef Maxime’s birthday) with a special community table dinner. Five courses, each paired with different wines. The lineup:

Antipasto Platter: prosciutto, speck, salame, grilled eggplant, grilled zucchini, bell peppers tonnato, fried pecorino romano ravioli, garbanzo bean fries, bacalao, fried calamari
Wines: Chianti “Il Vescovado” and Chenin Blanc from Gruet Winery

Beef Cheeks Rotolo: hand made rolled pasta with braised beef cheeks, topped wth red wine sauce and gratinee parmigiano
Wine: Prine Rosso from Puglia

Lobster Pappardelle: hand made pasta served with lobster
Wine: Pinot Grigio “Conti delle Venezie”

Pollo al Limone: braised chicken with olive niçoises and lemon
Wine: “Whispering Angel” Rosé

“Fragoletto”: Maxime’s birthday cake
Wine: Prosecco Pulcinella

$67 per guest, not including gratuity.

The special dinners at Torinos are always a great time, and the food is spectacular. 505-797-4491.