Hot on the heels of Beginnings’ January dinner honoring “The Godfather” — a second date had to be added after the first one sold out — the Atlantic Beach gastropub is doubling down on la Cosa Nostra. On Wednesday, a six-course menu will pay homage to Nicholas Pileggi’s 1986 true-crime classic “Wiseguy,” better known as the source material for Martin Scorsese’s 1990 film “Goodfellas.”
As with their Godfather feast, owner Ben Freiser, chef David Bryer and beverage director Steve Magliano have had a criminal amount of fun planning the menu, each course of which is paired with a wine or cocktail.
Start the evening off in nostalgic style with an assortment of antipasti that would have Henry Hill reminiscing that “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”
Chapter (course) 1 is “Wise guys eat like kings in the joint,” recalling the film’s most famous cooking scene, with ziti, tomato gravy, a variety of meats and, of course, razor-sliced garlic.
Chapter 2 is “Paulie turns his back,” sausage and peppers, accompanied by the “I’m funny how?” cocktail featuring whiskey, red pepper and bitters.
Chapter 3, “Don’t let the sauce stick,” consists of veal cutlets with fried capers and string beans with capers and oil.
Chapter 4, “The spicy wiseguy,” features scungilli and calamari in Paulie’s fra diavolo sauce; no relief is offered by the friselle, which are laced with black pepper.
Chapter 5, the bittersweet finale, is “Henry and Karen’s wedding cake (tiramisu topped with a macaron) served with a “Like a schnook” digestif of Amaretto di Saronno, coconut and lemon.
The restaurant will be decked out in “Wiseguy” style, the staff will be dressed up appropriately, and the movie and soundtrack will both play in the background.
“Wiseguy” will cost you $75 (including all food and drink but no tip or tax). It starts at 7 p.m. on Wednesday. Reservations required.
Beginnings is at 1986 Park St., Atlantic Beach, 516-239-7483, beginningsrestaurant.com.