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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

    Mixed Green Salad 7
    radishes, red wine vinaigrette
     
    Porchetta 11
    biscotto, olive oil ricotta, black salt, cornichons
     
    Heirloom Tomato 9
    mozzarella, greens, cucumber, onion, olives
     
    *Prosciutto 11
    melon, arugula
     
    Pizzetta 11
    small focaccia, tomato, red onion, olives, capers, burrata
     
    Bruschetta 10
    grilled bread, burrata, pepper stew
     

    First Course

    Tuscan Soup 9
    tomatoes, bread
     
    Gnocchi 16
    fresh tomato, mozzarella
     
    Risotto 16
    zucchini, crispy bacon, burrata
     
    Rigatoni Amatriciana 16
    guanciale, tomato, onion
     
    Trofie Pasta 16
    basil pesto, string beans, potatoes
     
    Chicken Ravioli 16
    cacio e pepe, marjoram
     

    Main Course

    Roasted Veal 22
    zucchini, burst tomatoes, rosemary potatoes
     
    Grilled Salmon 20
    creamy polenta, summer vegetable vinaigrette
     
    Pork Milanese 19
    arugula, tomato panzanella
     
    Grilled Strip Steak 24
    fried potatoes, string beans
     
    Market Fish 21
    tomato, olives, capers, parsley potatoes
     
    Roasted Chicken 19
    pepper stew, olives, mashed potatoes
     
    Vegetarian Medley 16
    zucchini, peperonata, string beans, polenta
     

    Sides

    String Beans 5
    toasted almonds
     
    Peperonata 5
    pepper stew, olives
     
    Potatoes 5
    fries, caper-mayo
     
    Grilled Zucchini 5
    aged balsamic
     

    Desserts

    Tiramisù 8
    lady fingers, coffee, mascarpone cream
     
    Flourless Chocolate Cake 8
    crème fraîche
     
    Affogato 5
    vanilla gelato, espresso
     
    Panna Cotta 8
    lemon curd, seasonal fruit, almond brittle
     
    Sorbetti 7
    selection of 3 sorbetti
     
    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 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 13
    Coffee with Amaretto Fresh Whipped Cream and Hazelnuts
     
    Caffè Corretto 13
    Espresso Served with Sambuca(on the side)
     
    Caffè Italiano 10
    Coffee, Brandy and 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 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
     
    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

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

    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
     
    Risi e Bisi 14
    pancetta, peas
     
    Trofie Pasta 16
    basil pesto, green beans, potatoes
     
    Bucatini alla Carbonara 12
    guanciale, eggs, parmesan, black pepper
     

    Main Course

    Salmon* 21
    artichokes, baby zucchini, capers, lemon butter
     
    Sautéed Chicken Breast 23
    white asparagus, blistered tomatoes, chicken jus
     
    Hanger Steak* 26
    porcini crusted, fries, cress, sauce béarnaise
     
    Scallops* 24
    fennel, asparagus, pancetta, beurre blanc
     
    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 13
    Coffee with Amaretto Fresh Whipped Cream and Hazelnuts
     
    Caffè Corretto 13
    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

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

    Pizza

    Margherita 11.00
    tomato, mozzarella, oregano, basil
     
    Cacio 12.00
    Roman Pecorino, mushrooms, over-easy egg, black pepper
     
    Prosciutto 11.50
    arugula, tomato, mozzarella
     
    Salsiccia 11.50
    sausage, caramelized onion, tomato, mozzarella, chili oil
     
    Porchetta 11.50
    tomato, mozzarella, fennel salt, thin sliced porchetta
     

    Panini

    all paninis served with baby greens dressed with balsamic vinaigrette, served on focaccia 11.00
     
    Prosciutto
    mozzarella, Sicilian oregano
     
    Chicken
    chili mayo, bacon, fontina, arugula
     
    Parmigiana
    pork milanese, tomato sauce, mozzarella
     
    Porchetta
    gruyère, olive tapenade, salsa verde
     

    Desserts

    Flourless Chocolate Cake 6
    creme fraiche
     
    Affogato 4
    vanilla gelato, espresso
     
    Biscotti 4
     
    Sorbetti 4
    selection of 3 sorbetti
     
    Tiramisù 6
    espresso, lady fingers, mascarpone cream
     
    Panna Cotta 6
    seasonal fruit
     
    Gelati 4
    selection of 3 gelati
     

    Beverages
    Specialty Coffees

    Caffé Amaretto 13
    coffee with Amaretto, hazelnuts, fresh whipped cream
     
    Caffé Corretto 12
    espresso with 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 Dinner Menu
    For just $39 per person, (plus beverages, tax, and service charge), every Saturday night (plus some additional Friday nights), 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

    Local Tomatoes & Greens
    Aged Balsamic, Extra Virgin Olive, Shaved Parmesan
     
    Antipasti Platter
    Italian Cured Meats, Cheese, Vegetables, Olives
     

    Passed Pastas

    Spacatelli
    shrimp, calamari, cherry tomatoes, lobster-corn brodetto
     
    Reginetti
    lemon, artichoke, grilled tomatoes, Calabrian chili, basil
     
    Beet Fusilli
    Braised chicken, Pecorino, arugula, golden beets, pickled shallots, chicken jus
     
    Cavatelli
    tri-colored carrots, cippolini onion, Vadouvan cream, carrot top gremolata
     
    Risotto
    basil pesto, wild mushrooms, prosciutto, roasted squash
     

    Dessert

    Roasted Peach Crisp
    toasted almonds, vanilla, whipped cream
     

    A La Carte for the Table

    (Serves 2–4)
     
    Braised Puntarelle and Potatoes 8
     
    Yellow Bell Farm 1/2 Roasted Chicken, Lemon, Herbs 28
     
    Grilled Sirloin Steak, Roasted Garlic, Rosemary, Olive Oil
    16 oz. Serves 1–3, 38
    24 oz. Serves 4–6, 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. However, we have included a 20% Student Support Surcharge on each check which is returned to our students through scholarships, support of student activities, and the purchase of graduation jackets. Thank you for helping to support the educational mission of the CIA.