“Good food should be for everybody,” says Rob DiTursi, co-owner of Ana’s Empanadas with his wife, Ana. That’s why the couple opened a third outlet for their healthy, local fast food at Rutland’s Diamond Run Mall. The new location, open seven days a week from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., joins the bake shop in downtown Rutland and a counter on the mountain in Killington.
The Diamond Run Mall store will serve the eponymous empanadas, miniature Argentine meat pies that come in varieties such as pulled pork and butternut squash. But the menu has plenty more. DiTursi says diners can expect homemade soups, fresh salads, paninis made with local meat and a daily “funky Argentine focaccia pizza.” Slices of bread from Stone Arch Bakery in Lebanon, N.H., are covered in cheese and sauce, then baked to order. For now, only plain pizzas are available, but DiTursi says to expect creative toppings to grace the focaccia soon.
During December, L’Amante is offering lunch. From Tuesdays through Fridays, diners can get smaller versions of dinner dishes such as penne Bolognese; orecchiete with caramelized turnips; grilled quail with Brussels sprouts and pancetta; and grilled swordfish with broccoli rabe.
The Farmhouse Tap & Grill has hired a new bar manager, Jeff Baker. Baker was most recently the beer buyer and curator at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski and has seven years of beverage industry and restaurant experience, as well as an education background in philosophy.