Lentils For Luck

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Photo: Locanda del Lago

If you want to get a jump on luck for 2012, Santa Monica's Locanda del Lago is featuring cotechino e lenticchie, a special dish with pork sausage, soft polenta, braised green lentils, and fresh horseradish sauce, all based on a recipe from chef Gianfranco Minuz's Umbria hometown. Like noodles, black-eyed peas, and cabbage in other cuisines, the traditional Northern Italian dish symbolizes good fortune and prosperity in the New Year. If anything, you'll leave with a more prosperous gut. Get it now through New Year's Day. [GS]