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Here's the menu for President Obama's final state dinner


Guests at Tuesday's White House state dinner for the Italian prime minister will have a creative variety of food options.

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Celebrity chef Mario Batali, who trained in Italy for three years, will be in the kitchen for the Obamas' last state dinner.

He's serving up what the White House executive chef calls "highlights of the bountiful fall harvest."

The menu features an array of Italian dishes that have become staples in American cuisine, though you won't find pizza or lasagna on the tables.

Before sitting down to toast the Italian first couple, guests will enjoy appetizers with ingredients from the final harvest of Michelle Obama's White House Kitchen Garden.

And before three-time Grammy winner Gwen Stefani closes out the night, guests will be able to enjoy an impressive spread of dessert sweet both for the tongue and the eyes, complete with an edible beehive replica.

Here's what's on the menu:

Appetizers 

Hamachi Agrodolce with recently harvested eggplant

Roasted figs with speck and herb pesto made from the garden's cinnamon basil

Crab cannolis with homegrown currant tomatoes

Grilled rosemary lamb with freshly picked rosemary

First course

Sweet potato agnolotti with butter and sage

Wine pairing: Palmina Vermentino "Santa Ynez" 2015

Salad Course 

Warm butternut squash salad with frisee and pecorino di New York 

Wine pairing: Villa Ragazzi Sangiovese "Napa" 2012

Main course

Beef braciole pinwheel with horseradish gremolata and broccoli rabe; vegetarian option available

Wine pairing: Ride Vineyards Zinfandel "East Bench" 2014

Dessert

Green Apple Crostata with thyme caramel and buttermilk gelato 

Petits four display:

Sweet corn crema and blackberry cup

Concord grape bittersweet chocolate leaf

Orange fig slice

Pumpkin cranberry tart

Tiramisu


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