Za Za Trattoria downtown has changed its name to Trattoria Centrale. As Bob Carlton reports, the owner of another pizza place in Montgomery has trademarked the name "Sa Za" (with an "S" instead of a "Z") and plans to franchise, possibly in Birmingham. So even though the spellings are different, to avoid any confusion and potential litigation down the road, Za Za's owners have renamed their place Trattoria Centrale.
Carlton also brings us yummy news of soft-shell crawfish at Veranda on Highland. After two years off the menu, chef Tom Robey has found another supplier for the tasty critters. Each appetizer order features four large fried softshell crawfish, mirliton avocado slaw and smoked jalapeno butter for $12.50.
Robey will also be the featured chef at Birmingham Bake and Cook Company in Inverness for February. On Monday, Feb. 8, he will prepare Jumbo Louisiana Brown Shrimp on a Griddled Cheese Biscuit with a Smoked Jalapeno Beurre Blanc and an Herbed Merliton Cucumber Slaw, and Seared Long Island Duck Breast on a Smoked Crimini Mushroom, Tasso and Sweet Potato Hash with Bourbon Honey. 6:30-8:30; Cost $25. Call 980-3661 for reservations.
Here's an easy way to support the Cahaba River Society. Go to Nabeel's Cafe in Homewood on Wednesday, Feb. 3, between 10:30 a.m. and 9:30 p.m., and enjoy a Mediterranean-inspired meal. When you pay your tab, mention to the cashier that you support the Cahaba River Society, and 10 percent of your tab will be donated to CRS.