I Am…PASTA FIERCE!

For this Valentine’s Day, Zahra Tangorra, chef and owner of Brooklyn restaurant Brucie, has created an entire a la carte menu devoted to the pop star.

She and her general manager were brainstorming in a taxi one night when inspiration struck. “I’m not even a person who cares about celebrities, but Beyoncé is just wonderfully radiant and someone that gets people excited—it’s so interesting when you find a public figure who is so much more than their last movie or CD,” she tells PEOPLE.

Sure, it’s also a gimmick—but a heck of a lot funnier than a roving guitar player. And the theme isn’t going to affect the quality of the food, Tangorra says. She worked with her chef de cuisine and sous chef to hash out dishes that would not only match their long list of puns and songs, but also be worthy of the restaurant’s standards.

“The menu is funny, but we take our food very seriously and realize that people are coming and spending money, and we want them to have a beautiful, interesting meal,” she says. “We’re constantly pushing ourselves and we change the menu daily, so this is pretty much how we roll anyway.”

While ordering from dishes like the 22 Days Vegan appetizer (a mix of vegetables raisins, and cocoa nibs) and the Breastiny’s Child (veal breast braciole with figs, sopressata, and goat’s milk yogurt), Valentine’s Day guests can expect to hear both Bey and Jay-Z playing in the background all night. Here’s the full menu:

“WE WOKE UP IN THE KITCHEN SAYIN HOW THE HELL DID THIS SH*T HAPPEN, OH BABY…”

 

ONE

  • BLUE IVY – smoked blue potatoes, chiriboga blue, trout roe, watercress  16
  • OYSTERS ROCAFELLA – copa, mustard greens, pernod aioli  16
  • SURF BOARD – deviled bone marrow, root vegetables, bone broth bathtub  17
  • PINK IS THE FLAVOR – scallop, monkfish torchon, grapefruit, beet, breakfast radish  16
  • 22 DAYS VEGAN – cauliflower, pistachio, golden raisin, cocoa nibs  12

 

TWO

  • JAY-ZITI – “carter” clothbound cheddar, speck, sweet potato, sage pistu  19
  • HALO – angel hair, truffle, burnt angel food cake “breadcrumbs”  24
  • I AM PASTA FIERCE – jalapeno pappardelle, puttanesca, gold leaf  24
  • PUT A RING ON IT – anelli, calamari, broccoli, saffron  20

 

THREE

  • BUGA-BOUILLABAISSE – house blood sausage, lobster, clams, squid ink aioli  32
  • REASONABLE TROUT – blood orange, caper, chicken liver butter, hazelnut  28
  • DRUNK IN LOVE – negroni short rib, beef heart salad, farro gremolata  30
  • BREASTINY’S CHILD – veal breast braciole, pickled fig, sopresatta, goat yogurt  29
  • CHEESE – chedda  9
  • SIDES
  • ICEberg  7
  • DIVA IS A FEMALE VERSION OF A BRUSSTLA  6
  • BREAD & ancHOVi BUTTER  3

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