Calling All Ladies

In Italy on March 8, it’s customary for men to give all the special women in their lives sprigs of yellow mimosa flowers to mark Festa della Donna, Italy's version of International Women's Day. This, unfortunately, hasn't caught on 'round these parts, so if you want a yellow flower, head to Ristorante Tosca next week where they'll be celebrating the holiday.

The restaurant will offer a three-course menu designed for female diners March 6-11 during lunch for $22 and dinner for $35. On the menu: tortelli filled with green peas, fresh ricotta and a white truffle "pearl" with a creamy Tuscan pecorino cheese sauce; roasted lamb loin with an artichoke and olive stew, lentil puree and rosemary sauce; and almond and sugar biscotti with a vin santo ice cream.

In keeping with tradition, the meal will be accompanied by a yellow flower. For groups of two or more women, Tosca will also provide free tickets to see "Divine and Human: Women in Ancient Peru and Mexico" at the National Museum of Women in the Arts.

The promotion is also a great excuse to try Tosca, which serves up some fine Northern Italian cuisine, if you've never been.