New York is pretty saturated with Italian restaurants, and there are not a lot of places that I’ve felt the desire to revisit. Davio’s is one of the exceptions. Everything from their beautiful ambiance, to their hand-rolled potato gnocchi with organic mushroom, basil and truffle oil that practically melt in your mouth made my dining experience there a couple months ago with my friend Priya and her daughter Madina one of the best. I’ve since went back a couple times, and tell everyone about it. Their menu is on the pricey side (apps averaging $15, where dinner plates are closer to $28-$30), but they show you it’s worth it. Some of their highlights:
Goat cheese croquettes
Delicious salad with roasted baby beets, goat cheese, hazelnuts, and a beet vinaigrette:
When I asked for another vegetarian option for salad, the chef put together a fresh, special mix here:
Scarlatto in Times Square
A good restaurant in Times Square is almost an anomaly. If I need to find something near midtown, I’ll usually resort to something down 9th Avenue in Hell’s Kitchen. When I was trying to find a place to meet my friend Sheryl, I thought I’d hunt for something that would be close to her work and my apartment. I have an ongoing list of restaurants I keep handy that I haven’t been to, but none of them fell in midtown. So I began scouring restaurants on MenuPages.com, and came across Scarlatto, and Italian restaurant on 47th, near Broadway. The prices were surprisingly decent for the area, so I was already suspicious. I went over to Yelp and checked out some pictures and decided it was worth a try.
Fried Calamari With Crispy Zucchini, $9
It has a cozy, pleasant interior that’s somewhere midway between being formal with their decked-out-in-white tables, but still casual with large framed prints of Audrey Hepburn in Roman Holiday. We started with the fried calamari and crispy zucchini. I’ve had better calamari, and the zucchini tasted like chips but combination was still satisfying, and helped to appease our ravenous appetite right then.
Fettuccine Ai Funghi, $14
Ravioli Di Zucca, $12
The recipe Eugenia used from Food & Wine:
Olive-Mint Pesto Meatballs with Fettuccine
She said she substituted cilantro lime pesto for the olive mint in her recipe for a personalized touch.