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Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici Menus

Truly authentic regional Italian cuisine takes center stage at Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici, a sophisticated dining room overlooking a stunning herb and rose garden, and the Hudson River. Or enjoy wood oven pizza and other simple rustic dishes in the more casual Al Forno Trattoria. Dining at this grand Tuscan-style villa is a culinary escape to another world without ever having to leave the beautiful Hudson Valley.

We frequently update our menus so that you may enjoy inspired seasonal offerings and our students can get the most from their education by working with the freshest ingredients available.


  • Lunch Menu
    Appetizers/Salad

    String Beans 8
    potato, crispy bacon, frisée, yogurt dressing
     
    Mixed Green Salad 7
    radishes, red wine vinaigrette
     
    Bruschetta 10
    burrata, pepper stew
     
    Prosciutto 11*
    melon, arugula
     
    Selection of Cured Meats 11*
    pickled vegetables
     
    Heirloom Tomato 9
    mozzarella, greens, cucumber, onion, olives
     
    Zucchini Fritters 10
    spicy sauce
     
    Pizzetta 11
    small focaccia, red onion, olives, capers, burrata
     

    First Course

    Tuscan Soup 9
    tomatoes, bread
     
    Gnocchi 15
    fresh tomato, mozzarella
     
    Risotto 16
    zucchini, crispy bacon, burrata
     
    Rigatoni 15
    eggplant, tomato, ricotta salata
     
    Trofie Pasta 15
    basil pesto, string beans, potatoes
     
    Tasting of Three Pastas 18
    risotto, gnocchi, trofie
     

    Main Course

    Market Fish 21
    tomato, olive, capers, parsley potatoes
     
    Chicken Thighs 18
    pepper stew, potato purée
     
    Grilled Salmon 20
    creamy polenta, summer vegetable vinaigrette
     
    Grilled Strip Steak 24
    fried potatoes
     
    Pork Milanese 19
    arugula, tomato panzanella
     
    Vegetarian Medley 16
    zucchini, peperonata, string beans, polenta
     
    Roasted Veal 22
    summer vegetables, potatoes
     

    Sides

    String Beans 5
    toasted almonds
     
    Peperonata 5
    pepper stew, olives
     
    Potatoes 5
    french fries, mayo
     
    Braised Beans 5
    soffritto, tomato
     
    Grilled Zucchini 5
    aged balsamic
     

    Desserts

    Budino 7
    chocolate pudding, sea salt, peanut butter cookie
     
    Tiramisù 8
    lady fingers, coffee, mascarpone cream
     
    Affogato 5
    vanilla gelato, espresso
     
    Panna Cotta 8
    buttermilk panna cotta, seasonal berries, aged balsamic
     
    Sorbet 7
    selection of 3 sorbets
     
    Gelati 7
    selection of 3 gelati
     
    Biscotti 4
     

    Tasting of Italian Cheeses

    Selection of Cheeses 9
    all cheese served with house-made condiments and walnut bread
     

    Beverages
    Dessert Wines

    Moscato d’Asti “Pian Centive” 8
    Olim Bauda, Piemonte
     
    Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 10
    Castello del Querceto, Toscana
     
    Asti 5
    Nando, Piemonte
     
    Brachetto d’Acqui, “Rosa Regale” 9
    Banfi, Piemonte
     
    Late Harvest, Moscadello di Montalcino, “Florus” 10
    Banfi, Toscana
     

    Specialty Coffees

    Caffè Amaretto 9
    Coffee with Amaretto Fresh Whipped Cream and Hazelnuts
     
    Caffè Corretto 9
    Espresso Served with Grappa or Sambuca (on the side)
     
    Caffè Italiano 9
    Coffee, Brandy and Brown Sugar, Fresh Whipped Cream

    illy Coffees

    Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee 4
    Espresso 4
    Double Espresso 5
    Cappuccino 5

    Serendipitea Loose Leaf Tea

    TGFOP Assam 4
    Robust and malty
     
    Earl Grey 4
    Essence of bergamot orange
     
    Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong 4
    Peach notes mingle with nutty overtones
     
    Jasmine Yin Hao Scented Green 4
    Fragrant, light, and sweet
     
    Chamomile Tisane 4
    Chamomile flowers and lavender
     
    Ruby Sippers Tisane 4
    Fragrant blood orange mixed with pear
     
    Items marked with the * are served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked animal products may increase your risk of food borne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. Not all ingredients are listed on the menu. Please inform your server if you have an allergy so that we may accommodate your requests.

  • Dinner Menu
    Appetizers

    Assorted Cured Meats 12
    house pickles
     
    Chopped Salad 9
    chickpeas, radicchio, salumi, fontina
     
    Fritto Misto 16
    assorted seafood, lemon, parsley
     
    Caprese Salad 10
    heirloom tomatoes, burrata, basil
     

    First Course

    Gnocchi 16
    cherry tomatoes, green olives, mozzarella
     
    Trofie Pasta 16
    basil pesto, green beans, potatoes
     
    White Bean and Tuscan Kale Soup 8
    tomato broth, pesto
     

    Main Course

    Market Fish 20
    fresh peas, light tomato sauce
     
    Chicken Piccata 22
    lemon, capers, white asparagus
     
    Farro 14
    grilled summer vegetables
     
    Beef Peperonata 24
    hanger steak, peppers, crispy shallots
     
    Rack of Lamb 28
    caponata, basil
     
    Pork Milanese 20
    arugula, tomato, pecorino
     

    Sides

    Grilled Summer Vegetables 5
     
    Broccolini 5
     
    Parslied Potatoes 5
     
    Caponata 5

     

    Dessert

    Panna Cotta 8
    strawberries and grapefruit
     
    Torta Caprese 8
    flourless chocolate cake, apricot
     
    Fruit Plate 7
    seasonal fruit
     
    Tiramisù 8
    ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone cream
     
    Sorbetti 8
    selection of 3 sorbets
     
    Gelati 8
    selection of 3 gelato
     

    Tasting of Italian Cheese

    Selection of Three Cheeses 7
    Selection of Five Cheeses 9

    all cheese served with house-made condiments and walnut bread

    Beverages
    Dessert Wines

    Moscato d’Asti “Pian Centive” 8
    Olim Bauda, Piemonte
     
    Vin Santo del Chianti Classico 10
    Castello del Querceto, Toscana
     
    Asti 5
    Nando, Piemonte
     
    Brachetto d’Acqui, “Rosa Regale” 9
    Banfi, Piemonte
     
    Late Harvest, Moscadello di Montalcino, “Florus” 10
    Banfi, Toscana

    Specialty Coffees

    Caffè Amaretto 9
    Coffee with Amaretto Fresh Whipped Cream and Hazelnuts
     
    Caffè Corretto 9
    Espresso Served with Grappa or Sambuca (on the side)
     
    Caffè Italiano 9
    Coffee, Brandy and Brown Sugar, Fresh Whipped Cream

    illy Coffees

    Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee 4
    Espresso 4
    Double Espresso 5
    Cappuccino 5

    Serendipitea Loose Leaf Tea

    TGFOP Assam 4
    Robust and malty
     
    Earl Grey 4
    Essence of bergamot orange
     
    Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong 4
    Peach notes mingle with nutty overtones
     
    Jasmine Yin Hao Scented Green 4
    Fragrant, light, and sweet
     
    Chamomile Tisane 4
    Chamomile flowers and lavender
     
    Ruby Sippers Tisane 4
    Fragrant blood orange mixed with pear
     
    Items marked with the * are served raw or undercooked. Consuming raw or undercooked animal products may increase your risk of food borne illness, especially if you have certain medical conditions. Not all ingredients are listed on the menu. Please inform your server if you have an allergy so that we may accommodate your requests.

  • Al Forno Menu
    The Al Forno Room inside Ristorante Caterina de’ Medici is open from 11:30 a.m.–6 p.m.
    Antipasti, Salads, and More

    Soup 6.50
    tomato, bread, olive oil
     
    Mixed Salad 6.50
    baby greens, radishes, shallot dressing
     
    Bruschetta 8.50
    Sicilian pepper stew, burrata, grilled bread
     
    Prosciutto 9.50
    mozzarella, seasonal melon
     
    Anguria 7.50
    watermelon, arugula, aged ricotta salt, black pepper
     
    Mozzarella 9.50
    heirloom tomato, basil, greens
     

    Pizza

    Margherita 11
    mozzarella, oregano, basil
     
    Bianca 11.50
    zucchini, ricotta, jalapeño, mozzarella, mint
     
    Funghi 11.50
    mixed mushrooms, mozzarella, over easy egg
     
    Prosciutto 11.50
    arugula, imported prosciutto, tomato, mozzarella
     
    Salsiccia 11.50
    sausage, caramelized onion, tomato, mozzarella, chili oil
     

    Panini

    all paninis served with baby greens dressed with balsamic vinaigrette, served on focaccia
     
    Prosciutto 10.50
    mozzarella, sicilian oregano, balsamic oil
     
    Chicken 10.50
    roasted chicken, tomato, arugula, fontina, herbed mayo
     
    Salumi 10.50
    prosciutto, capitolo, salami, taleggio, salsa verde
     
    Porco 10.50
    slowly roasted pork loin, basil aïoli, pickled red onion
     

    Desserts

    Budino 6
    chocolate pudding, sea salt, peanut butter cookie
     
    Crostata 6
    peach-almond tart, amaretti
     
    Tiramisu 6
    espresso, lady finger, mascarpone
     
    Cantucci 4
    Tuscan Biscotti
     
    Selection of Sorbetti or Gelati 4
     

    Beverages
    Specialty Coffees

    Caffé Amaretto 9
    coffee with Amaretto, hazelnuts, fresh whipped cream
     
    Caffé Corretto 9
    espresso with Grappa or Sambuca
    (on the side)
     
    Caffé Italiano
    coffee, brandy, brown sugar, fresh whipped cream

    illy Coffee

    Coffee, Decaffeinated Coffee 4
    Espresso 4
    Double Espresso 5
    Cappuccino 5

    Serendipitea Loose Leaf Tea

    TGFOP Assam 4
    Robust, hearty and malty
     
    Earl Grey 4
    Essence of bergamot orange
     
    Iron Goddess of Mercy Oolong 4
    Peach notes mingle with nutty overtones
     
    Jasmine Yin Hao Scented Green 4
    Fragrant light and sweet
     
    Chamomile Tisane 4
    Chamomile flowers and lavender
     
    Ruby Sippers Tisane 4
    Fragrant blood orange mixed with pear

  • Wines and Beverages

Groups and Gatherings

We love sharing food with people. If you are bringing a small or large group to the CIA for a culinary adventure, our team can walk you through our menu and private dining room options. Learn more >

Tipping Policy

A key component of the education process at the CIA is learning how to deliver outstanding service. Students at The Culinary Institute of America are not permitted to accept tips, in accordance with IRS regulations and the CIA Student Code of Conduct. We thank you for honoring the “no tipping” policy, and for giving our students the opportunity to serve you. In light of this policy, and to keep the student experience focused on education, we have included a 17% service charge on each check. All monies from the service charge are returned to our students through scholarships, support of student activities, and the purchase of graduation jackets.

We frequently update our menus so that you may enjoy inspired seasonal offerings and our students can get the most from their education by working with the freshest ingredients available.