What's for Dinner: Pinky Up

Set your inner gourmand free with this elegant meal

Not feeling inspired by your usual dishes? Here's what's for dinner.

When it comes to dinner, we're not fussy. We like potato chips in our sandwiches and aren't afraid of hot dog tater tots. But sometimes it's nice to whip out the proverbial pressed linens, dress the table like it's going for a night on the town and lay out dishes worthy of a Michelin star. So whether you opt for fine china or Chinet plates, you'll certainly take a fancy to this haute dinner menu.

① Drink: Sparkling Rosé Cocktail

There's something inherently classy about a tall flute of tiny floating bubbles. Rosé joins its unaccented counterpart—rose water—and gin in this glass of effervescence. But if sparkling isn't your thing, try a rosé sangria instead.

② Main Course: Culurgiones with Brown Butter

Handmade pasta already feels special, but this braided Sardinian specialty ups the ante. And because ordinary butter sauce just isn't enough, this dish is graced with rich brown butter and fresh mint.

③ Dessert: Pear Croustades with Prune-Armagnac Ice Cream

Leave it to the French for a showstopping dessert. Lafayette's Jennifer Yee layers honey-roasted pears inside puffs of flaky pastry. Top with a scoop of vanilla ice cream and dot with drunken prunes for the royal treatment.