Thursday, January 30, 2014

More ink for The Exchange, and a bonus Pop Up preview.

No one goes to The Exchange any more -- it's too damned crowded. In fact, just yesterday I steered a small party Ian's way because what they wanted in terms of spirits, we couldn't do at BSB. To follow: A fresh review, and the press release for a non-beer "pop up". Maybe next time, it can be with beer ... wink wink, nudge nudge ...


Robin Garr reviews The Exchange pub + kitchen ... " I’d rate it in the region’s top tier of gastro-pubbish eateries. It would be a standout whether it’s in New Albany, NuLu, Frankfort Avenue or Bardstown Road."


Italian Pop Up coming to New Albany: The Exchange pub + kitchen to host Italian Pop Up Restaurant

The Exchange pub + kitchen will be hosting an its first pop up restaurant next Tuesday night, February 2, 2014 on the mezzanine level of The Exchange. The private space will be transformed into Alla Buona Derrata, which translates to “The Good Stuff.” This will be a one night only event with limited seating available. The evening will featuring a five course dining experience, focusing on rustic italian fare, prepared by Executive Chef Robert Temple and his culinary team. An optional wine and cocktail pairing will also be available for an additional $25 per person. Tickets for Alla Buona Derrata will be available by reservation only.

“I am extremely excited about this concept. We have a beautiful space on the mezzanine level above The Exchange pub + kitchen that we get to showcase to our guests in a completely different manner. As a restauranteur, I get the opportunity to create, design, and develop an exciting new concept for one evening only. It's a small cozy space, with only 6-8 tables and the bar for seating. It also gives Chef and his culinary team an opportunity to get even more creative and think outside of their normal comfort zone, “ says Owner Ian Hall.

To make reservations for Alla Buona Derrata, please 812.948.6501 and reference "Italian pop up" or send an email to First seating begins at 5:30 p.m. For more information about The Exchange pub + kitchen, please visit our website at, or contact us at (812) 948.6501.

Menu to be as follows.

ALLA BUONA DERRATA "the good stuff"


peperoni sott'aceto, cavolfiore al forno con pancetta e olive verde, caccio roma
pickled peppers, toasted cauliflower with pancetta and green olives,
italian sheeps milk cheese from the roman countryside


Raviolo al Uovo
ricotta fresca, tartufo bianco, burro rosolato, balsamico, cicoria
egg raviolo, fresh ricotta, white truffle, brown butter, balsamic vinegar, chicory

Risotto alla Toscana
salsiccia, finocchio, funghi secchi, parmigianio
arborio rice, sausage, fennel, dried mushrooms, parmesan


Sorbetto ai frutti di bosco
mixed berry sorbet

IL Secondo

Braciole Frittelle di Rapini
bistecca brasato, marinara, parmigiano
braised flank steak in tomato sauce

Baccala alla Veneta Napoletana
acciughe, latte, polenta
italian salt cod, polenta, anchovies and milk

Involtini di Melanzane
sugo all'arrabbiata, parmigiano, ricotta
ricotta stuffed eggplant in spicy tomato sauce


Frittelle di rapini
broccoli rabe cakes

Peperoni fritti ala Napoletana
fried peppers from Naples

Verdure alla griglia
grilled vegetables


Budino di Rocotta
ricotta cheesecake

Panna Cotta al Cioccolato
chocolate cream pudding

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