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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

    Roasted Beets 9
    aged ricotta, dill, pickled calabrese pepper
     
    Mixed Green Salad 7
    red wine vinaigrette, radishes
     
    Pizzetta 10
    asparagus, ricotta, crispy bacon
     
    *Prosciutto 11
    tuscan pecorino, olive crostino
     
    Burrata 10
    snap and snow pea salad, crostini, mint
     
    *Assorted Cured Meats 11
    pickled vegetables
     
    Spring Vegetable Fritters 11
    spicy yogurt
     
    Porchetta 11
    ricotta, grilled bread, olive oil, black salt
     
    Asparagus 10
    parmigiano, fried egg
     

    First Course

    Fava Bean Soup 8
    spicy dandelion
     
    Tasting of Three Pastas 18
    risotto, ravioli, orecchiette
     
    Orecchiette 15
    peas, sausage ragú
     
    Meat Ravioli 16
    pioppini mushrooms
     
    Fettuccine 15
    prosciutto, asparagus, parmesan fondue
     
    Risotto 16
    spring vegetables
     

    Main Course

    Market Fish 21
    peas, cipollini, light tomato sauce
     
    Grilled Salmon 20
    snap peas, radishes, mushrooms, creamy potatoes
     
    Vegetarian 14
    baby carrots, asparagus, snap peas, mushrooms
     
    Grilled Strip Steak 24
    fries, spinach romana
     
    Pork Milanese 19
    potato salad, sage, lettuce
     
    Braised Veal 22
    spring vegetables, polenta
     
    Roasted Chicken 19
    artichokes, carrots, potatoes
     

    Sides

    Polenta 5
    peas, parmesan cheese, crispy bacon
     
    Grilled Asparagus 5
    aged balsamic
     
    Spinach Sauté 6
    raisins, pine nuts
     
    Potato Fries 5
    caper mayo
     

    Desserts

    Budino 7
    chocolate pudding, sea salt, peanut butter cookie
     
    Tiramisù 8
    ladyfingers, espresso, mascarpone cream
     
    Affogato 5
    vanilla gelato, espresso
     
    Biscotti 4
     
    Ligurian Olive Oil Cake 8
    strawberries, mint, aged balsamic, whipped crème fraiche
     
    Panna Cotta 8
    lemon curd, blueberries, pistachios
     
    Sorbetti 7
    selection of 3 sorbets
     
    Gelati 7
    selection of 3 gelati
     

    Tasting of Italian Cheeses

    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 15
    Castello del Querceto, Toscana
     
    Asti 9
    Nando, Piemonte
     
    Brachetto d’Acqui, “Rosa Regale” 9
    Banfi, Piemonte
     
    Late Harvest, Moscadello di Montalcino, “Florus” 15
    Banfi, Toscana
     

    Specialty Coffees

    Caffè Amaretto 12
    Coffee with Amaretto Fresh Whipped Cream and Hazelnuts
     
    Caffè Corretto 10
    Espresso Served with Grappa or Sambuca (on the side)
     
    Caffè Italiano 10
    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/Salad

    Radish and Fennel Salad 10
    orange, candied walnuts, frisée, farro, olives
     
    Burrata Caprese 10
    tomatoes, basil, figs, balsamic
     
    Panzanella Salad 9
    grilled bread, watermelon, cucumber, tomato vinaigrette
     
    Fritto Misto* 16
    assorted seafood, lemon, parsley
     
    Salumi 12
    assorted cured meats, house pickles
     
    Bresaola 9
    arugula, focaccia, eggs, capers, mustard, lemon
     
    Grilled Octopus 14
    cherry tomatoes, roasted fingerling potatoes, balsamico
     

    First Course

    Casarecce Pasta 16
    beef ragù, mozzarella fonduta
     
    Ribollita Soup 8
    spring vegetables, white bean, Tuscan kale
     
    Ricotta Gnocchi 14
    Castlevetrano olives, roasted tomatoes, oregano, parmesan, pecorino
     
    Pappardelle Pasta 12
    wild mushroom ragu
     
    Risi e Bisi 14
    pancetta, peas
     
    Trofie Pasta 16
    basil pesto, green beans, potatoes
     
    Spring Tortelli 14
    ramp, asparagus, ricotta, lemon cream
     

    Main Course

    Salmon* 21
    artichokes, leeks, capers, lemon butter
     
    Scallops* 24
    fennel, asparagus, ramps, pancetta, beurre blanc
     
    Branzino 23
    warm potato salad, broccoli rabe, basil-mint purée
     
    Hanger Steak* 26
    porcini crusted, fries, cress, sauce béarnaise
     
    Sautéed Chicken Breast 23
    white asparagus, blistered tomatoes, chicken jus
     
    Roasted Pork Chop 20
    grilled zucchini, red onions, rosemary-mushroom sauce
     
    Rack of Lamb* 28
    caponata, crispy fried onions, mustard jus
     
    Eggplant Rollatini 14
    ciambotta, pomodoro sauce, grana padano
     

    Sides

    Grilled Spring Vegetables 5
     
    Peas and Pancetta 5
     
    Warm Potato Salad 5
     
    Caponata 5
     

    Desserts

    Flourless Chocolate Cake 9
    balsamic strawberries, whipped mascarpone 9
     
    Grapefruit Panna Cotta 8
    figs, raspberries
     
    Lemon Zeppole 8
    white chocolate ganache
     
    Torrone Semifreddo 8
    salted caramel
     
    Tiramisù 9
    ladyfingers, coffee, mascarpone cream
     
    Sorbetti 7
    selection of 3 sorbetti
     
    Gelati 7
    selection of 3 gelati
     
    Affogato 9
    vanilla gelato, espresso
     

    Tasting of Italian Cheeses

    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 15
    Castello del Querceto, Toscana
     
    Asti 9
    Nando, Piemonte
     
    Brachetto d’Acqui, “Rosa Regale” 9
    Banfi, Piemonte
     
    Late Harvest, Moscadello di Montalcino, “Florus” 15
    Banfi, Toscana

    Specialty Coffees

    Caffè Amaretto 12
    Coffee with Amaretto Fresh Whipped Cream and Hazelnuts
     
    Caffè Corretto 10
    Espresso Served with Grappa or Sambuca (on the side)
     
    Caffè Italiano 10
    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.

  • Wines and Beverages
  • 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

    Zuppa 6.50
    fava bean soup, spicy chicory
     
    Mixed Salad 6.50
    baby greens, radishes, shallot dressing
     
    Prosciutto 8.50
    mozzarella, crostini, olives
     
    Bruschetta 8.50
    burrata, olive tapenade, Calabrese peperoncini
     
    Arugula 8.00
    parmesan shavings, cherries, lemon vinaigrette
     
    Asparagus 7.00
    wood-fired oven roasted asparagus, olives, ricotta salata
     

    Pizza

    Margherita 11.00
    tomato, mozzarella, oregano, basil
     
    Bianca 12.00
    asparagus, ricotta, over easy egg, herbs
     
    Prosciutto 11.50
    arugula, prosciutto, tomato, mozzarella
     
    Salsiccia 11.50
    sausage, caramelized onion, tomato, mozzarella, chili oil
     
    Porchetta 11.50
    tomato, mozzarella, parsley, thin sliced porchetta, fennel salt
     

    Panini

    all paninis served with baby greens dressed with balsamic vinaigrette, served on focaccia 10.50
     
    Prosciutto
    mozzarella, Sicilian oregano
     
    Chicken
    roasted chicken, chili mayo, bacon, fontina, arugula
     
    Parmigiana
    pork milanese, tomato sauce, mozzarella
     
    Porchetta
    gruyère, peperoncini dressing, mixed greens
     

    Desserts

    Budino 6
    chocolate pudding, cream, sea salt
     
    Tiramisù 6
    espresso, lady fingers, mascarpone cream
     
    Affogato 4
    vanilla gelato, espresso
     
    Ligurian Olive Oil Cake 7
    strawberries, mint, aged balsamic, whipped crème fraiche
     
    Gelati 4
    selection of 3 gelati
     
    Sorbetti 4
    selection of 3 sorbetti
     

    Beverages
    Specialty Coffees

    Caffé Amaretto 12
    coffee with Amaretto, hazelnuts, fresh whipped cream
     
    Caffé Corretto 10
    espresso with Grappa or Sambuca
    (on the side)
     
    Caffé Italiano 10
    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

  • Pasta Saturday Menu
    For just $39 per person, (plus beverages, tax, and service charge), every Saturday night, choose from five different pastas—served family style, 5–8:30 p.m. Menu selections change weekly. Following is a sample. Gluten-free options are available.
    Family Style Appetizers

    Caterina de Medici Caesar Salad
     
    Antipasti Platter
    Italian cured meats, cheese, grilled vegetables, olives
     

    Passed Pastas

    Bucatini
    lamb meatballs, toasted pignoli, sheep’s milk ricotta
     
    Cavatelli
    chicken sausage, local ramps, crushed tomatoes, aged goat cheese, extra virgin olive oil
     
    Ravioli
    pancetta, spring onions, zucchini
     
    Rigatoni
    peas, asparagus, oyster mushrooms, herb broth
     
    Risotto
    crab, shrimp, saffron, fennel
     

    Dessert

    Mascarpone Cheesecake
    strawberry rhubarb compote
     

    A La Carte for the Table

    (Serves 2 to 4)
     
    Soft Polenta, Gorgonzola, Wild Mushrooms 10
     
    Steamed Asparagus, Lemon, Chili Flakes, Hard Cooked Eggs, Olive Oil 10
     
    Chicken Alla Mattone, Crisp Roasted Split Chicken, Lemon, Herbs 28
     
    Grilled Sirloin Steak, Roasted Garlic, Rosemary, Olive Oil
    16 oz serves 1 to 3 38
    24 oz serves 4 to 6 48


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.