Eating Out with Kids

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Eating Out with Kids

Hi. My name is Laurie Taylor. My husband Max and I have four children all under the age of twelve. One of the things we enjoy doing as a family is having a night out eating at a restaurant. You are probably thinking, "They enjoy eating at restaurants with four young children?" Yes, it can prove to be a challenge at times, but for the most part we have found ways to keep the children happy, and we all have a great time. There have been many times when other patrons have come up to us and comment on how well behaved our children are. I would like to share some of the ways we make eating out as a family an enjoyable experience for all. From toddler to Daddy, everyone has a lovely evening.


4 Italian Veal Dishes To Try

Veal is quite popular in Italian cuisine. Many people love its tender texture and mild flavor. But if you want to enjoy veal, which dishes should you be looking for? Here are four classic ones you're likely to see on the menu at an Italian restaurant.

Scaloppine al Marsala

Customers often assume that scaloppine is a dish made with scallops, but it's actually a veal dish. The word "scaloppine" refers to tender slices of veal that have been pounded thin before being lightly dredged in flour and sauteed in a skillet. The scaloppine al marsala is then topped with a delicious marsala sauce, which is made with white wine, capers, and butter. This dish has a mild, yet balanced flavor and is often served alongside risotto.

Petto al Forno

Petto al forno is essentially roasted veal breast. The veal breast is seasoned with various herbs and spices, usually including sage and rosemary. It is then wrapped in prosciutto and roasted slowly in the oven. The meat becomes more and more tender as it is roasted and basted. Eventually, it is removed from the oven and allowed to rest before being sliced thinly. When a customer orders petto al forno, a few slices are plated, often alongside some roasted root veggies as a side.


If you want a really unique veal dish, then give tomaxelle a try. This dish consists of veal rolled around a mixture of mushrooms, pine nuts, cheese, and seasonings. The rolls are lightly tossed in flour and sauteed in a large skillet. Then, a mixture of stock and wine is used to deglaze the pan. The result is a thick, scrumptious sauce that sticks to the veal rolls. The dish is generally sprinkled with some pepper and Parmigiano Reggiano before being served.

Scaloppine al limone

Scaloppine al limone is another veal dish that starts with thin-pounded cutlets of veal. They are dusted with flour, sauteed in butter, and then finished in a pan sauce made with lemon juice and stock. The lemon juice offers the perfect flavor balance for the rich, salty veal. Restaurants often serve this dish with light egg noodles to soak up the extra lemon sauce.

The next time you're at an Italian restaurant, it is worth trying the veal. Any one of the dishes above is likely to be delicious; it really just depends on your personal taste. Order the one that sounds best to you.

Contact an Italian food restaurant for more information.