Spring is here to stay, which means it's time to find yourself a nice patio table and a bottle of wine. Roll up your sleeves, because this week is loaded with delicious culinary happenings and marinara stains don't come out so easily.

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Courtesy Cacio E Vino

On Monday, celebrate Italy's liberation day with Cacio e Vino's new bargain of a tasting menu. Priced at $55, the four-course dinner features traditional antipasti, pizza, primi and secondi piatti, and dessert, all of it paired with wines more Italian than Eiffel 65 on a vespa. The Second Avenue spot emphasized Sicilian regional fare above all else, and Chef Giusto Priola's new tasting menu continues that theme with Bucatini con Sarde (bucatini with fresh sardines) and Involtini di Manzo alla Siciliana (Beef rolled with Eggplant in a light tomato sauce). The festivities run throughout May 3rd.

Also on Monday, Jimmy's No 43 will welcome back the Slow Food NYC Happy hour, which brings together some of the five borough's preeminent purveyors of environmentally-conscious food for a casual night of drinking and light eats. Free and open to the public, it's part-networking event, part early workweek chill-out, and will be the perfect place to put a few human faces to the free range/locavore/farmer's market masses.

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Courtesy Ocean Prime

Tuesday night could prove ideal for trying out Ocean Prime's new Pre-Theatre Surf & Turf Menu, which runs only until 6:30 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday and is designed to get hungry playbill-holders stuffed and satisfied before the curtain goes up. At $55, it gives diners the option to enjoy an 8 oz. fillet stake or white wine garlic shrimp scampi in the restaurant's visually-arresting atmosphere, and you'll even get a small bag of their truffle popcorn to go—the ideal intermission snack.