Food & Drink

Sharon Thompson: Italian brothers team up for new restaurant

Two years ago, Casanova restaurant opened in the former Coach House at 855 South Broadway. It was open only a few weeks. Now, Ristorante Casanova has opened in the same space with different owners.

"We just kept the name," said Leonardo Capezzuto, owner of Leonardo's Italian Café in Park Plaza and one of the proprietors of Ristorante Casanova. The other is his brother Giovanni, an owner of Sapori d'Italia Market on Romany Road.

Menu items include spaghetti with clams, fettuccine Bolognese, risotto, lobster ravioli, Sicilian cannolis and Italian tiramisu. Hours are 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and 5:30 to 10 p.m. Monday through Friday, and 5:30 to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 309-3313.

New buffet features hibachi grill

Ichiban Buffet will open Saturday at 960 North Main Street, Nicholasville. The restaurant, owned by Jacky Lin, will serve sushi and have a hibachi grill. Lin said the chefs have more than 20 years' experience. The buffet features Chinese and American dishes, fruits and desserts. Hours are 11 a.m. to 9:30 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, and 11 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Call (859) 885-0333.

With love for Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day falls on Monday, so restaurants are celebrating all weekend. Here are some choices.

■ Alfalfa Restaurant, 141 East Main Street. (859) 253-0014. Alfalfa, normally closed on Monday night, will serve Valentine specials Saturday and Monday.

■ Brown's Bakery, 1397 West Main Street. (859) 225-8400. Open 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday with chocolate-dipped strawberries, chocolate truffles, mini cheesecakes, heart-shaped sugar cookies and assorted cupcakes. Hours on Valentine's Day are 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.

■ Good Foods Market & Café, 455 Southland Drive. (859) 278-1813. A hot buffet from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday features coq au vin; tilapia with a ginseng, ginger and peach compote; red and white quinoa-stuffed red peppers; and leek and fennel ishtar sauté with farro.

■ Jimmy D's, 128 East Main Street, Midway. (859) 846-4373. A four-course menu, for $45, will be served Friday, Saturday and Monday. Featured are beef brajole over a crispy polenta cake and lobster ravioli.

■ The Julep Cup, 111 Woodland Avenue. (859) 226-0300. Valentine's menu, served Friday, Saturday and Monday, features a 28-ounce bone-in rib-eye for two, beef tenderloin, salmon Wellington or Maine lobster. Entertainment by The Swingin' Shepherds on Friday and John Hedger on Saturday.

■ Rossi's, 1060 Chinoe Road. (859) 335-8788. Menu items Monday include filet and lobster tail with vanilla bourbon sauce, $79; roasted tenderloin of beef with a Szechuan peppercorn sauce, $59; and sage-crusted chicken with tomato beurre blanc, $39.

■ Sweets and Treats, Richmond Centre, at Interstate 75, Exit 87, Richmond. (859) 624-3310. You can advance-order chocolate-covered strawberries and quality chocolates, or stop in for hand-dipped ice cream after dinner.

■ Thai Orchid Café, 1030 South Broadway. Thaiorchid (859 288-2170. Sweetheart special from 5 to 10 p.m. Monday features a four-course dinner for two for $45.

■ The Thoroughbred Center, 3380 Paris Pike. (859) 293-1853. Valentine's soiree, 7 p.m. to midnight Saturday. Cost is $50 for advance tickets only. Entertainment by NightCrawler begins at 8 p.m. Menu features chef-carved top round of beef, chicken breast Cordon bleu-grass, and stuffed country ham. Entertainment-only tickets are $10.

■ Three Suns Bistro, 298 East Brannon Road, Nicholasville. (859) 245-0048. Specials Friday and Saturday include stuffed osso buco, filet mignon and salmon filet. A special menu will be served Monday.

■ Windy Corner Market and Restaurant, 4595 Bryan Station Road. (859) 294-9338. Three-course dinner specials, served from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday and Monday, are $30. Choices are seared New York strip steak du vin or filet of halibut with herb beurre blanc. The restaurant offers call-ahead service for lobsters on Friday nights. Steamed lobster with drawn butter and two sides is $24.95.

■ Wingspan Gallery, 191 Jefferson Street. Wingspan (859) 225-5765. Valentine dinner will be served at 7:05 p.m. Friday and Monday. Entrée choices are pan-seared lamb chops or pan-seared sea scallops. Cost is $50.

■ Woodford Reserve Distillery, 7855 McCracken Pike, Versailles. (859) 879-1934. On Saturday, guests will begin the evening with a candlelight tour through historic buildings and learn about the art of making bourbon. Afterward, there will be a cooking demonstration at Dryer House, led by Brown-Forman executive chef Mark Williams. A four-course dinner with wine pairings is $150 a couple.

Farmer's market report

If your sweetheart is a food lover, he or she will enjoy a gift from Lexington Farmers Market. On Saturday, farmers will have beef, pork, chicken (including wings), potatoes, onions, dried beans, cornmeal, garlic powder, jams, jellies, relishes, salsas, sourdough and sweet breads, coffee and chocolate truffles. The market is open 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the atrium of Victorian Square at West Main Street and North Broadway.