A Bargain at Tosca

Tosca doesn't seem to have the name recognition of some of its fine dining counterparts in D.C., but I can assure you there's no good reason for that. Chef Cesare Lanfranconi (pictured above) is one of the city's brightest culinary talents, and if you haven't treated yourself to a meal at Tosca, you're missing out. A new promotion at the restaurant gives you all the more reason to go: From 5:30 to 7 p.m. daily, the restaurant is offering a $32 three-course menu. As added incentive, Tosca will donate 10 percent of all sales from the "Dine at Dusk" menu to a selected charity each month. Food and Friends is November's charity.

The menu features more than half of the dishes found on Tosca's regular dinner menu, including chestnut flour pappardelle noodles with wild boar meat sauce; oven roasted veal shank with sautéed spinach, roasted new fingerling potatoes and Barolo wine sauce; and roasted Mediterranean sea bass with a balsamic vinegar sabajon and sautéed spinach with pine nuts and raisins. Guests get to choose their three courses with the choice of one appetizer or pasta, a main course and a dessert.

So what are you waiting for?