Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Hot Spot: +39 Restaurant | Market | Cantina

Benvenuto! Welcome!
This week's Hot Spot is +39 Restaurant | Market | Cantina in Ames, located at 2640 Stange Road. +39 is a sophisticated, casual, and customer oriented atmosphere that celebrates the importance of tasting great food, enjoying delicious wine, and savoring time spent with family & friends.

The exciting communal feel of a classic Tuscan trattoria is brought to life and given a modern spin for daily lunches and dinners.  The nearly full visibility kitchen gives diners the feeling of being in on the action whether enjoying a quick lunch or relaxed dinner with friends.  Unique Sunday menus and periodic gourmet dinners showcase the creativity and talent of the kitchen & restaurant staff.

In addition to the traditional Italian espresso bar, fresh baked pastries, fresh fruit, hand squeezed juices, and a unique selection of savory egg strata & frittata dishes are available starting at 7:00am daily.  This non-menu service offering is designed around the European concept of gathering with friends and family for a light breakfast and great conversation before starting the day.

Served daily from 11:00am to 2:00pm, lunch menu selections have been carefully chosen based on lower table times, allowing you to have a great lunch and still making it back to work on time.  With an extensive offering of small plates, Venetian Cichetti, salads, soups, fresh pasta, pizza, and panini, everyone is sure to find an equally satisfying solution for time restrictions and Italian food cravings. Click here to view the entire lunch menu.

Served from 5:00pm to 10:00pm Monday through Thursday and until 11:00pm on Friday & Saturday. Delicious lunch menu items are joined by an expanded selection of fresh & dried pastas, chef selected tasting plates, steak, seafood, and a rotation of seasonal & traditional Italian dinner items.  The professional +39 serving staff will guide you through an authentic dining experience by helping to design a multicourse dinner or simply selecting an entrĂ©e based on your wine preference for the night. Click here to view the entire dinner menu.

Continue your dining experience at home by shopping in our specialty market & deli.  Italian meats & cheeses, traditional salads, fresh baked bread & pastries, and rustic panini are available daily in addition to our assortment of dry goods and gourmet products, many of which are only available at +39!

Italian Grocery
A walk through the +39 Market will feel like you've set foot into a classic shop on the streets of Florence.  With our selection of Italian specialty products and high quality gourmet ingredients, shoppers will feel comfortable continuing the enjoyment of the +39 dining experience in the comfort of home.  Pasta, olive oil, balsamic vinegars, spices, espresso and much more are available daily.

Fresh Deli Delights
Sit down for a quick lunch or take it to go!  Fine Italian meats & cheeses from Prosciutto to Parmigiano are sliced fresh to order, and a daily assortment of traditional salads are available in single servings or by the pound to take home.  Fresh pasta, sauces, and rustic Panini are made fresh daily and available from the counter without a wait.

Authentic Italian gelato and sorbetto is made fresh daily and served from the deli counter or classic style walk up window.  Gelato is available to snack on while waiting, to take away in a cone or cup, and also in an insulated container for family & friends to enjoy later!

Witness the beauty and diversity of Italian wines in our full service cantina.  Featuring nearly 200 labels, with representation from each of the 20 different Italian wine regions, our cantina offers tasting, learning, and shopping experiences for wine lovers of all types.

Wine Tastings
The true nature of an Italian wine cantina is not just shopping for wine, but rather focused on the idea of learning about wines that you may enjoy, tasting the wines you have selected, and sharing your choices with friends & family.  Whether in search of a wine for dinner, gifting to others, or a scheduled group or private wine tasting; our cantina is a special place that you will find yourself visiting time & time again!

Fireplace Lounge
Once you have completed your wine tasting experience, or if you are looking for a great evening with friends, you can enjoy any of our 200 labels of wine while sitting comfortably in our fireplace lounge.  Complete your experience by adding a chef selected tasting plate or any of the small plates and Venetian style cichetti that are perfect for snacking with friends while the conversations continue.

Retail Sales
Perhaps the most unique aspect of our cantina is a setting in which customers can select their favorite wines and purchase them by the bottle at direct retail prices.  No longer do you need to write down a wine label in order to shop around; your server can add additional retail priced bottles to your ticket, and have them ready for you to take home at the end of your meal!

godere! enjoy!

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