The Dresden Room, as the place was originally known, was introduced by enterprising Carl and Sara Ferraro in 1954. That same year, this budding journalist launched my initial dining column. Warmly recalled as a bustling cocktail bar with an appetizing menu of steaks, chops, chicken, seafood, sandwiches and salads plus their signature dish, roasted prime ribs of beef, the Dresden Room soon caught on. Carl was a visionary and, a few years later, the Ferraros acquired the adjoining space, which became a stunning dining room with a sophisticated menu that has remained popular thru the decades.
Carl and Sara have passed on and the Dresden is now managed by their son, James Ferraro, whose mojo is plainly put: “If it ain‘t broke, don‘t fix it.” The Palate enthusiastically chimes “aye aye!”
Open for dinner nitely, the dining room of sumptuous booths is set with crisp white linen and crystal glassware. Most patrons have gone casual, but the service staff remains formal.
Traditional appetizers range from mozzarella marinara, $8, to Escargots Bourguignonne, $10, and calamari fritti (fried squid), $9, as well as steamy French onion soup, $6, or Caesar salad (with dinner), $5.
Special dishes include Veal Marsala, Parmigiana or Piccata, $20 treats. Savory roast rack of lamb is $26 and chicken cordon bleu, linguini, is $19.
There are a half dozen seafood entrees from salmon, broiled or poached, $18, to rarely-found abalone and scallop scalloni, $21.
There are pastas, steaks, chops and the House Specialty for six decades, prime ribs of beef, $25, or $28 for the extra cut. The Palate recommends medium rare.
Don’t miss out on the elaborate dessert tray with sweets at $5 or $6. Cocktails, dinner and fine wines are served from 4:30 pm. Relax and enjoy the experienced service. Several of these seasoned staffers have been at the Dresden for three or more decades. There’s valet parking for $3.50 behind the restaurant at 1780 N. Vermont Ave.
Talk about durability. The musical duo, Marty and Elaine, are in their 30th year in the entertainment lounge.