Local Bites: Pelagia Trattoria's Thanksgiving Prix Fixe Menu

It's almost crazy to think that Thanksgiving is just around the corner - it feels like just yesterday, I was complaining about Halloween decor already being hung up and sold at all the supermarkets. For some, there just isn't enough time to prepare a holiday meal for guests, and let's face it - for others, there just isn't the necessary culinary talent.

Rather than heading to your nearest Village Inn or Cracker Barrel, consider Pelagia Trattoria instead, located within the Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza. On Thanksgiving Day, Pelagia Trattoria will be open and featuring Executive Chef Brett Gardiner's take on some Thanksgiving favorites in a special prix fixe menu - three courses of your choice for just $45 per person (and vegans, there are options for you, too!). The price also includes one complimentary glass of Prosecco or sparkling apple cider. I had the opportunity to taste all of these items at a tasting on Friday evening - keep scrolling for all the details and for my must-order picks!

Brett Gardiner, Executive Chef

My must-order picks:

  • Seared Shrimp and Crab Cake: This pick was a no-brainer - the shrimp and crab cake was succulent and full of flavor. The accompanying saffron cilantro crème fraiche was the perfect pairing.
  • Slow-Roasted Standing Rib Roast: I'm partial on this one. I cannot resist a good rib roast for the holidays and I always joke about how I never get one for Thanksgiving - my family always makes me wait for Christmas. The Chianti demi-glace has a slight sweetness that perfectly accompanies the seasoned rib roast.
  • Pumpkin Tiramisu or Chocolate-Gelato Stuffed Cream Puffs: Okay, this one was a little more of a difficult choice. It really depends on what your palate is craving. If you're a fan of pumpkin, the tiramisu was fluffy, light and wondrous. If you're more of a dark chocolate fan, you cannot go wrong with the chocolate gelato cream puffs with chocolate ganache. Rich, decadent and delicious.

Pelagia Trattoria is located within the Renaissance Hotel at International Plaza, at 4200 Jim Walter Blvd in Tampa. Thanksgiving reservations for the prix fixe menu are available from noon to 8 p.m. on Thanksgiving Day, Nov. 24 - reservations can be made via phone at 813-313-3235 or online here.