Category Archives: ITALIAN

An Evening of Barolo, Barbaresco & Truffles, Flatiron, NYC

An Evening of Barolo, Barbaresco & Truffles, Flatiron, NYC

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Last night, I was invited to one of the most beautifully curated food and wine events. Tarallucci e Vino and Oddero Vineyards from Piemonte indulged us with a most marvelous evening of Barolo, Barbaresco & Truffles.

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Corkbuzz Wine Bar, Chelsea Market, NYC

Corkbuzz Wine Bar, Chelsea Market, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Il Punto Ristorante, Hells Kitchen, NYC

Il Punto Ristorante, Hells Kitchen, NYC

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Musical Mondays and Le Cirque’s 40th Anniversary at Le Cirque Café

Musical Mondays and Le Cirque’s 40th Anniversary at Le Cirque Café

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

 

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Da Marcella, West Village, NYC

Da Marcella, West Village, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment for a complimentary meal. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

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Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

Pastai: An Artisan Pasta Bar, Chelsea, NYC

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Milkflower, Astoria, NYC

Milkflower, Astoria, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Meatballs, Queen, Brussels Sprout

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Circo – Bollito Misto Week, Midtown West, NYC

Circo – Bollito Misto Week, Midtown West, NYC

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Disclaimer: I was invited as a guest to this establishment. All opinions expressed in this post are my own.

I was recently invited to attend a media dinner at Circo, the whimsical, circus themed Italian restaurant run by the legendary Maccioni family.

The menu at Circo offers elegant, home-style, Tuscan fare inspired by signature recipes from the kitchen of Maccioni matriarch Egidiana Maccioni (aka Mamma Egi). The newly appointed Executive Chef Alfio Longo does a fabulous job of helming the kitchen at Circo with his signature contemporary flare.

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Mozzarella & Vino, Midtown West, NYC

Mozzarella & Vino, Midtown West, NYC

 

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(I was invited as a guest to this establishment. All opinions expresses in this review are my own.)

I was recently invited to review Mozzarella & Vino, a brand new spot opened by veteran restaurateurs Gianfranco & Paula Sorrentino of Il Gattopardo and Leopard at des Artistes fame.

Located in the old Il Gattopardo space, right opposite the MOMA, Mozzarella & Vino is housed in a chic, inviting space that is filled with warmth and authenticity.

 

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Mozzarella & Vino distinguishes itself from it sibling restaurants by offering a seasonally inspired small plate menu with an emphasis on  Mozzarella di Bufala Campania DOP, Italian cheeses and affettati.

This affordable enoteca style restaurant also offers a full bar and an extensive wines list. This is one of the first spots in New York City to use an Enomatic wine serving system, which allows them to store unique high-end wines.

The kitchen is supervised by Chef Vito Gnazzo of Il Gattopardo and The Leopard and helmed by Antonio Savino. The menu at Mozzarella & Vino is quite simple but the flavors are truly authentic and the quality of food really shines. The best of ingredients are flown in twice a week from small artisanal farms in Italy. One can tell that in this kitchen there are no short cuts – everything is made fresh from scratch and is all really delicious.

Mozzarella & Vino is open everyday from 11:00 AM to 10 PM. The genuine affection and care taken of anyone who walks through the doors of Mozzarella & Vino is palpable. Its almost like you are welcomed home when you set foot in here and are pampered the whole way through with great food and wine.

Here is some of what we ate:

 

Bread Basket

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Zucchini and Calamari fritti with spicy tomato sauce

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Affettati & Fromagi

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Smoked Mozzarella with Cherry Tomato Suace

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Baked Rigatoni with Eggplant and Riccotta

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Meatballs

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Apple crostata with smoked mozzarella gelato

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Mascarpone chocolate mousse cake

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Restaurant Information


* Restaurant Name
Mozzarella & Vino
* Overall
★★★☆☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Midtown West / Italian
* Street Address
33 West 54th Street (b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave in Midtown West), New York, NY 10019
* Phone
(646) 692-8849
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Giano, East Village, New York City

Giano, East Village, New York City

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(This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review.)

 

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Incognito Bistro, Chelsea, NYC

Incognito Bistro, Chelsea, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Sweet Pea Soup, Porcini and Truffle Risotto, Highland Haggis, Cranchan

 (This meal was complimentary which did not affect my review)

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Sfoglia, Upper East Side, NYC

Sfoglia, Upper East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try:  Lasagna asparagus, ham, shitake 

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Motorino, East Village, NYC

Motorino, East Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆ ½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Brussel Sprouts Pizza

 

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Babbo, Greenwich Village, NYC

Babbo, Greenwich Village, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Gamberoni all’ “Acqua Pazza” , Crispy Branzino with Roasted Baby Carrots

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Inoteca, Lower East Side, NYC

Inoteca, Lower East Side, NYC

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Bruschette, Lasagnette Di Melanzane

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Marea, Midtown West, NYC

Marea, Midtown West, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$$

Must try: Crudo, Granchio peekytoe crab, Astice nova scotia lobster

 

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Maialino, Gramercy , NYC

Maialino, Gramercy , NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Mortadella , Tonnarelli

 

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Al di La, Park Slope, NYC

Al di La, Park Slope, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$$

Must try: Tagliatelle Al Ragu

 

Park Slope can truly boast about this neighborhood gem, which serves up simple, seasonally inspired, delicious food.

Al di La Trattoria is a charming little Italian restaurant where meals are artfully prepared in a rustic environment.

 

The story behind Al di La  is simple…

 

 “Anna Klinger and Emiliano Coppa

met while she was travelling through Italy

 they fell in love, moved to Brooklyn,

and opened a restaurant

 the rest, as they say, is history

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serving Venetian inspired food since 1998

 It is just as straightforward as that!”

 

At Al di La, they are not trying to re-invent the wheel or bring out super inventive, stellar dishes that blow your mind each night. They serve simple food, made from really great ingredients, that tastes marvelous!

 And in that very simplicity they manage to Al di La (to go beyond)!

 

 

Here is some of what we ate:

 

 

Heritage Pork Belly Sandwich

 

 

Tagliatelle Al Ragu

 

Funghi E Polenta

Tagliatelle with Olive Oil

 

Eggplant Torte

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* Restaurant Name
al di La
* Overall
★★★☆ ☆
* Neighborhood / Cuisine
Park Slope / Italian
* Street Address
248 5th Ave., Brooklyn, NY 11215
* Phone
(718) 783-4565
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Felice 15 Gold Street, Financial District, NYC

Felice 15 Gold Street, Financial District, NYC

 

 

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DE Santos, West Village, NYC

DE Santos, West Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆½

Service: ☆☆☆½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Truffled Mac & Cheese

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Sofia Wine Bar & Café, Midtown East, NYC

Sofia Wine Bar & Café, Midtown East, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆½ 

Service: ☆☆☆½ 

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½ 

Cost: $$

Must Try:  Ricotta Bruschetta, Meatballs, Cannoli

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Torrisi Italian Specialities, Nolita, NYC

Torrisi Italian Specialities, Nolita, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆½

Service: ☆☆ ½

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

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Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, Upper West Side, NYC

Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto, Upper West Side, NYC

 

 

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Food: ☆☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆

Cost: $$

Must try: Selezione Del Salumiere, Caponanta, Focaccia

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Three of Cups, East Village, NYC

Three of Cups, East Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆½

Cost: $$

Must try: Calamari all a Griglia, Cozze alle Tre di Coppa, Tartufo Pizza, Homemade Tiramisu

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Lupa, Greenwich Village, NYC

Lupa, Greenwich Village, NYC

 

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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆

Cost: $$$

Must try: Salumi, Roasted Mushrooms with Cavolo Nero

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