We know you’re fresh off Thanksgiving, but Executive Chef Melissa Muller-Daka of Chelsea’s latest newcomer, Eolo, is gearing up to celebrate Chanukah with Sicilian style. And frankly, we’re not ones to pass on Muller-Daka’s signature jelly-filled ricotta donuts.
Not sure how Sicily and the Jews came together? Muller-Daka says the region has historically been tied to Jewish culture, having housed Jews for over 1500 years in scattered communities called “Giudecca.” Sicilian Jewish holiday eats focus on traditional flavors and fried delicacies like Fettucini with ricotta, raisins, pine nuts and cinnamon (a predecessor to kugel, perhaps) and Pollu Frittu (fried chicken with sweet potato and artichoke gratin)—proving that today’s sought-over comforts (jelly donuts, we’re looking at you) don’t need to be guilty pleasures. At least for one week, they’re totally righteous.
Want to know more? Eolo’s Chanukah specials are listed below, and will be available for the full duration of the holiday. Reservations can be made by calling (646) 225-6606.
Caponata Ebraica 8
Eggplant caponata with carrots,
green olives, served with toasted crostini
(this is a version of caponata of Sicilian Jewish origins)
Fettuccine con ricotta, uvette e pinoli 8/16
Fettuccine pasta with fresh ricotta, raisins,
toasted pine nuts & cinnamon
Pollu Frittu 19
Fried Chicken served with a sweet potato and artichoke gratin
(fried chicken is a popular Jewish Italian dish made during Chanukah)
Sfinci ni Chanukah 10
Fried Ricotta Doughnuts with a berry compote filing
(Certain food historians posit that present day Sufganiyot have their origins in Sicily’s sfinci. Whether that is the case or not, we are preparing a version of our “sfinci” with powered vanilla sugar and a berry filling for Chanukah)