Pumpkin Cream of The Crop: 10 Pumpkin Dishes From NoVA’s 50 Best Restaurants

Posted by / Friday, October 26th, 2012

Photo courtesy of Patowmack Farms

Northern Virginia Magazine’s 50 Best Restaurant issue is now on newsstands – here’s where to get your pumpkin fix from the top spots.

  1. Veal Sweetbreads & Toasted Pumpkin Seeds
    Where to get it: Vermillion 
    An appetizer on the dinner menu: the pan fried veal sweetbreads at Vermillion are topped with cipollini onions, toasted pumpkin seeds and red kuri squash agrodolce. |
  2. Pumpkin Genoise & White Chocolate Gelato
    Where to get it: Ashby Inn & Restaurant 
    For dessert: the pumpkin genoise at Ashby Inn is topped with chicory, spiced milk and gelato in a pie shell.
  3. Ricotta & Pumpkin Ravioli
    Where to get it: Brabo 
    On the dinner menu: the pumpkin and sheep’s milk ricotta stuffed ravioli appetizer at Brabo comes with celery root puree, brown butter and sage.
  4. Steamed Mussels in Pumpkin Broth
    Where to get it: Lyon Hall
    The Thailande mussels on both the lunch and dinner are cooked in a coconut, lemongrass, chili and pumpkin broth.
  5. Feta Stuffed Baby Pumpkins
    Where to get it: La Bergerie 
    On the dinner menu: an appetizer called Petite Citrouille farçie de Concombre, a baby pumpkin stuffed with cucumber, feta, red peppers and drizzled in chardonnay vinaigrette.
  6. Panna Cotta & Pumpkin Butter
    Where to get it: Farrah Olivia
    On the dessert menu: a sweet treat with a hot twist—panna cotta topped in red hot cinnamon caviar and pumpkin butter. 
  7. Pumpkin Torta & Pumpkin Cannelloni
    Where to get it: Tallula 
    On the brunch menu: a Spanish torta made with pumpkin and goat cheese. Pumpkin is also present on the dinner menu alongside the Roseda Farms sirloin steak which comes with pumpkin and potato cannelloni, an Italian pasta that is rolled into large reeds.
  8. Pumpkin Pavlova & Pumpkin Cappucino
    Where to get it: The Restaurant at Patowmack Farm
    For dessert: a pumpkin pavlova that comes with pumpkin mousse, pie spiced ice cream, candied pecans and pumpkin “shingles.” Want something savory? Check out their pumpkin cappuccino: an unusual, savory soup that is topped in truffle milk froth and porcini dust.
  9. Pumpkin Agnolotti
    Where to get it: Pizzeria Orso 
    The pumpkin agnolotti is a vegetarian small plate that comes with chanterelle mushrooms and is topped with a sage emulsion. 
  10. Smoked Duck & Pumpkin Risotto
    Where to get it: Green Pig Bistro
    The smoked duck risotto at Green Pig Bistro is an appetizer made with pumpkin, cippolinis and egg.

    Photo courtesy of Lyon Hall


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