The first time I served this menu was for a couple who had just moved to San Francisco.  Having only met them just a few times, I wanted a menu that had interesting ingredients but was approachable, slightly different and delicious.  

The first course, eggplant and ricotta is just a tomato based sauce with the added flavor of sauteed eggplant and topped with creamy spoonfuls of ricotta cheese.  Veal is not something common to serve for dinner- having grown out of favor for a number of reasons.  The use of prosciutto and sage creates a powerful combination.  If veal is not your thing, substitute for chicken or pork and the results are still wonderful.

The Torta Caprese is an Italian chocolate cake that is not too sweet and not too rich but incredibly satisfying.  I top with an orange scented whipped cream for put heaven.