Go International for New Year's Eve

Add international flare to your New Year's Eve celebration by dining at one of these Campbell restaurants

Are you ready for the biggest party night of the year? Whether you're partying all night or getting to bed before the ball drops, these restaurants are gearing up to celebrate with some tasty treats to help you ring in 2011.

Celebrate with Mediterranean Flavors

is a cozy and elegant restaurant that has an inventive menu that features the cuisine of Cyprus—a popular island destination in the Eastern Mediterranean—that brings together the flavors of Greece, Turkey, Lebanon and Syria as well as Southern Italy, Spain, France and even Egypt.

Chef-owner Margaret Kannout has created a special menu for the 2010 New Year's Eve celebration.

"It's not a fixed-price menu," she said. "The nice part is that our guests will have options."

All items are priced individually, and you'll have the choice of five starters, five main courses and four desserts.

Starters include ahi tuna tartar with pomegranate reduction; a salad of Treviso radicchio (similar to a large Belgian endive), orange, Pecorino cheese and hazelnuts drizzled with balsamic vinaigrette; and Mediterranean lamb meatballs in Aleppo chile (a moderately hot chile found in Aleppo, Syria).

For entrées, try the truffle brandy beef filet, lamb lollichops with tart cherry red wine reduction or grilled butterfish served with a chardonnay caper sauce. All entrées come with creative side dishes, and vegan and vegetarian choices are also available.

Finish your meal with dark chocolate flan, Marsala-poached Calimyrna figs, Cyprus apple baklava with vanilla bean ice cream or organic lemon sorbet in Prosecco.

The restaurant has more than 70 wines that are also served by the glass, and on New Year's Eve, special wine flights and food pairings will be available.

Cyprus Bistro will be open New Year's Eve from 5:30 p.m. to after midnight.

New Year's Eve Japanese Style

The in the is a longtime Campbell favorite for Japanese cuisine, with its bar that mixed drinks, sake and beer; its extensive sushi menu; and its teppan chefs, who entertain you while chopping, grilling and tossing chicken, steak and seafood.

The party really takes off on New Year's Eve, with a special menu, unlimited champagne or sparkling cider and party favors.

For a fixed price (depending on which combination you choose), your meal will include a shrimp appetizer, soup, salad, entrée, steamed or fried rice, hibachi vegetables and ice cream.

Entrée choices include combinations of New York steak, filet mignon, chicken, shrimp, vegetables and seafood. Children 10 years old and younger can order New York steak, chicken or shrimp for a reduced price.

Kyoto Palace will serve New Year's Eve dinner from 4-11 p.m.

Nuovo Anno Felice!

There must be a reason has been voted an OpenTable.com Diner's Choice in both 2009 and 2010.

Maybe it's the ambience with the restaurant's inviting, casual elegance. Maybe it's the super-friendly service. Maybe it's the food and the amazing organic menu, full of unique, authentic Italian treats.

Or it could be all three.

This New Year's Eve, you can find out for yourself as Tigelleria serves its special menu to help you celebrate the end of 2010 and ring in 2011.

The prix fixe menu consists of four courses, and for an additional price, you can enjoy wine pairings with your meal.

The antipasti choices include assorted Italian cured meats and a selection of cheeses or barlotti bean soup. (Barlotti beans are chestnut-flavored, though not sweet, and are commonly used in Italian and Portuguese cooking.)

Next is the pasta course with meat- and cheese-stuffed tortellini, vegetable lasagna or rock shrimp risotto.

On to the entrées, which include a rump roast slow-roasted in Barolo wine, salmon with a cream and green peppercorn sauce, or stuffed bell peppers.

End the night on a sweet note with tiramisu, pandoro sweet bread or an unusual "lasagna" of eggplant, melted chocolate, almonds and candied orange peels.

Tigelleria serve dinner starting at 5:30 p.m., and the last seating will be 8:30 p.m.

Enjoy your meal, and Happy New Year!


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