Written by Marilyn Hansen with M.J. Boyer
There is a pre-theatre prix fixe menu, served daily from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., $22.95 plus tax and gratuity. The prix fixe includes appetizer, entree, dessert and coffee. To begin: soup of the day or salad. Entrees: southern barbecue rubbed sliced roast sirloin with buttermilk whipped potatoes, topped with a roasted sweet potato Jack Daniels demi glace; breast of chicken sauteed with lemon, rosemary and artichoke hearts, over vegetable and sundried tomato lentil salad; rigatoni with sweet sausage, fresh basil and grilled eggplant in a three cheese tomato broth. Dessert: choose from the daily selections.
On the regular menu appetizing starters are three onion and Murphy's Stout soup with Jarlsberg crouton ($4.95); jumbo shrimp cocktail with tequila lime cocktail sauce ($9.95); Prince Edward Isle mussels roasted with hard cider, garlic and herb butter ($8.95).
The house entree specialty is dry aged 18 oz. Black angus steak with crisp tobacco onions and roasted shallot cabernet sauce ($25.95). Langan's best entrees are perfectly cooked steaks and chops.
Special at Langan's, half-price portions are available for children, 10 and under. There is also discount parking available with dinner.
Jazz is highlighted at Langan's with a Saturday jazz dinner with a live band from 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., complete dinner, $25.95, perfect for after theatre dining, and a Sunday jazz brunch from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m., prix fixe $12.95 includes one drink.
Hours: Langan's is open every day from 11:45 a.m. to midnight.
The menu is all ala carte; there is no prix fixe. Menu and prices are the same at lunch and dinner. You'll find many familiar dishes and others that may be new to you. The portions are generous, you won't go away hungry! Beginning with antipasti/appetizers: carpaccio della Rivista, thinly sliced raw beef with arugula, radicchio and parmesan ($10.75) - all you need is a drizzle of olive oil and freshly ground pepper. Roasted polenta with mushrooms ($8.75) and warm roasted peppers and eggplant ($8.75) are satisfying, perfect for the vegetarian.
Pasta Fagioli, the hearty bean soup with pasta ($8.75) is really good, takes you right back home to your mother's kitchen - that is if she was Italian! Classic minestrone, too, with lots of vegetables ($7.75). Salads are large, comprised of crisp, fresh greens. The insalata mista, mixed green salad, is a healthy value at $6.25. Naturally there are many appetizing pasta dishes to choose from. The lasagna alla bolognese ($17.75), is delicious, also the ravioli alla salvia-goat cheese ravioli with cream and sage ($17.75). Three risottos are offered, especially recommended is the risotto al verde ($17.75), Italian arborio rice with a vegetable and herb sauce, and risotto a porcini, Italian arborio rice with fragrant wild porcini mushrooms ($19.75).
Under the heading "secondi" are the chicken, veal, beef, lamb and seafood dishes. Vitello alla Bolognese, veal scallopini with prosciutto and cheese in wine sauce ($19.75), is wonderful. The veal is very thinly sliced, extremely tender, prosciutto and cheese ample, and wine sauce well-seasoned. Lamb shank is very popular these days, La Rivista does a beauty, braised with chanterelle mushrooms and served with polenta ($22.75). Petti di pollo alla Romana, breast of chicken sauteed with wine and artichoke in the Roman style, is light and flavorful ($18.25). Garlicky scampi, jumbo shrimp in white wine and garlic, grilled to perfection ($22.75), will you have sopping up the sauce. Side dishes of vegetables such as asparagus, spinach and broccoli are $5.95.
Desserts vary in quality and availability. The tiramisu ($4.75) is recommended.
Hours: La Rivista is open Monday-Saturday from 12:00 p.m. -12:00 a.m. Closed Sunday.
The dollar sign indicates the approximate cost of dining for two persons, excluding beverages, tax and gratuity.