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Casera Brings Homemade Cuisine to Easton

New Caribbean-Spanish restaurant offers Spanish-Caribbean cuisine.

"Casera" means "homemade," explained Karina Turtzo, sitting in the Easton restaurant's dining room.

It's a fitting name for the place, for two reasons. 

First off, Turtzo and her husband Brian -- both former Crayola employees -- run Casera out of their home at 134 N. Second Street, serving dinners twice a week -- Fridays and Saturdays -- to small groups of people.

And secondly, they want those dinners to feel like a friend's house. You come at 7 p.m., you stay and eat. There's just one seating per night, so you don't have to worry about clearing out for the next table.

"So it's kind of like you're coming to a friend's dinner party," Turtzo said.

In this case, your friend makes Spanish-Caribbean cuisine, inspired by Turtzo's background. The menu -- using food from local farmers and purveyors -- will change each month.

October offers a ceviche style shrimp starter, an entree of fried chicken with scallion sauce and roasted chicken with garlic citrus glaze*, and rice pudding with caramelized apples for dessert.

Turtzo has always cooked, but her love of food really began to blossom when a marketing job took her overseas. She attended the French Culinary Insitute, and has spent the past few years working for the Momofuku restaurant group in New York City.

Brian Turtzo, who manages the front of the house at Casera, works as a brand design manager for the Mars company. He said Casera's previous owner used it as an art gallery.

That use still lives on, in a way, with works by local artists lining the walls. This month, it's photographer John Sterling Ruth's pictures from -- fittingly enough -- Spain.

Dinner at Casera is by reservation only, and Turtzo suggests making reservations well in advance. 

"Not to be difficult or anything, but we're so small," she said, with seating for about 15 people. The Turtzos are asking the city for permission to expand to seat 20. 

To make reservations, contact 610-829-1190, or visit them at www.casera.co.

 

*Not an either/or choice, as a previous version of this story stated.

Pamela Porter October 19, 2012 at 01:51 PM
This is definitely on my list along with Maxim 22.

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