Pierre Bader to open Aria

iPhone snapshot of La Scala, the lounge above Aria.

Richard Thurmond here with a guest post on Dine & Dish.

A couple weeks ago, restaurateur Pierre Bader gave me an impromptu sneak peek at Aria, the Italian restaurant he’s opening soon in Founders Hall. Designed by LITTLE, It’s a gorgeous space. There’s a lounge upstairs (in the photo) which Bader is calling La Scala and promises will be open for post-show drinks. Downstairs, it’s a clean, modern look with a homey square bar in the middle. Behind the bar is a temperature-controlled wall of wine — 1000 bottles worth. There’s an old farmhouse table right in the kitchen — the city’s first true chef’s table dining. He says it will open January 15.

I just got the menu for the new place. It is pasted below for your mouth-watering pleasure:



Tuna Carpaccio    12                                                                                                                              
Olive Oil Poached Asparagus, Grilled Lemon, Cracked Pepper
Fried Gnocchi     11
Prosciutto de Parma, Pear, Gorgonzola, Truffle Oil
Fire Baked Clams Oregonato   8
Littlenecks, Onion, Red Pepper, Garlic Breadcrumbs
Crispy Crab Cake   13
Tomato Compote, Horseradish Remoulade
Tuscan White Bean Soup  6
Carrots, Celery, Bacon & Kale
Caprese Salad   9
Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil, E.V.O.O
Fritto Misto   13
Calamari, Scallops, Lemon & Parsley
Steamed Mussels  10
Plum Tomato Sauce, Sambuca, Fennel & Herbs
Eggplant Parmigiana   8
Marinara Sauce, Ricotta & Basil
Braised Beef Short Rib  9
Mascarpone Polenta, Gremolata &Tarragon
Antipasto  13
Salumi, Cheese, Olives, Peppers & Marinated Artichokes
Classic Caesar   7
Romaine Hearts, Croutons, Anchovies & Parmesan Dressing
Bruschetta  7
Sheep’s Milk Ricotta, Olive, Tomato, Basil & Sea Salt

Margherita  10
Fresh Mozzarella, Tomato & Basil
Wild Mushroom  12
Goat Cheese, Caramelized Onion, Arugula & Truffle Oil
Napoletana  11
Tomato, Anchovies, Capers, Peppers, Oregano & Olives
Four Cheese  12
Mozzarella, Fontal, Provolone & Pecorino
Sausage & Peppers  11
Fennel Sausage, Tomato, Bell Pepper, Onions & Mozzarella

Fettucine alla Carbonara   11
Bacon, Parmesan Cream & Cracked Pepper
Spaghetti & Meatballs  13
Garlic & Herb Meatballs, Red Sauce & Parmigiana
Orecchiette with Sausage  12
Toasted Garlic Rapini, Chiles & Breadcrumbs
Penne alla Vodka  11
Vodka & Tomato Cream & Ricotta
Roasted Butternut Squash Ravioli  15
Spinach, Parmigiana & Sage Brown Butter
Spaghetti del Pescatore  19
Shrimp, Clams, Mussels & Spicy Tomato Sauce
Pappardelle  15
Braised Duck Ragu, Pecorino, Fresh Herbs
Potato Gnocchi  13
Mushrooms, Fennel & Asparagus
Risotto  9
Artichoke, Lemon, Peas, Crumbled Goat Cheese
Lasagna   12
Bolognese Sauce, Ricotta & Basil

Osso Buco  26
Garlic Swiss Chard, Creamy Polenta, Cipollini Onion Sauce
Chicken Parmigiana  16
Chopped Tomatoes, Melted Mozzarella, Parmigiana and Sautéed Spinach
Veal Scallopini  19
Lemon Butter, Capers, Parsley, Broccoli Rabe & Buttered Noodles
Bistecca  25
Grilled Angus Ribeye with Roasted Fingerling Potatoes & Arugula Salad
Porchetta  20
Crispy Suckling Pig with Brussels Sprouts, Caramelized Apple
Grilled Salmon  19
Green Asparagus, Parmesan Risotto, Portobello Broth
Roasted Bronzini  23
Artichokes, Peas & Tomato-Anchovy Vinaigrette
Seared Tuna  22
Fennel Crusted with Caponata and Aged Balsamic
Grilled Lamb Chops  25
Braised Escarole, White Beans & Rosemary Sauce
Roasted Cornish Game Hen  14
Roasted Root Vegetables, Fingerling Potatoes & Pan Juices