Hot Dish: Mama Leone’s Veal Parmesan
Somewhere between your classic New Jersey family-style Italian restaurant (where you order a bottle of Chianti and tuck your checkered napkin into your shorts) and a trattoria in Bologna, Mama Leone’s serves tender pounded veal, breaded and pan-fried with cheese and a rich red sauce that’s not too sweet ($17.95). You’ll feel like Frank Sinatra could walk into the place any minute. Mama Leone’s, 2300 N. Tamiami Trail, Nokomis, (941) 918-9889
Goodbye little sliders and hello plumper, posher-than-ever burgers that go way beyond beef. Tuna, lamb, duck, scallops and even squid, heaped with gourmet toppings, are some of the proteins you’ll find inside the bun.
Dublin’s award-winning whiskey master Jack Teeling visits Main Street’s Vom Fass this month for a meet-and-greet celebration and whiskey tasting. Tickets ($60) are limited to the first 25 participants. Thursday, Oct. 22, 5 p.m.-8 p.m. Irish music provided by Paul Duffy. More info: (941) 365-2137