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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian

Dinner at Davio’s in Midtown East

July 4, 2014

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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:

Vegetarian salad


When I asked for another vegetarian option for salad, the chef put together a fresh, special mix here:

Spring salad

And when it came to dishes with truffle, including this caramelle pasta dish with gorgonzola, ricotta, mascarpone, parmigiano, and black truffle butter, the waiter grated fresh truffle over the pastas:

Carmelle pasta


Shaving fresh truffle

It was my first time trying lobster, but the sides of buttery dips gave each bite so much flavor.

Lobster


I thought I would love the shrimp dish more, but to me the pastas and lobster were the real super stars. The shrimp did have a nice spicy tamarind kick to it:

Baked shrimp

The only thing I regrettably missed taking pics of was their dessert spread. They have a whole selection of chocolate molten cakes, ice creams, and sorbets from their own bakery.

A pic I found from Davio's will have to do for now..but they are to die for


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The whole experience was so much fun, and the wait staff was one of the nicest I’ve encountered in the city. The staff smiled and coo’d at Priya’s 1-year-old daughter Madina (granted, she has that effect on people), but they were totally accommodating of the young’n, even providing her with crayons and paper to color and when she was bored with that, a bowl of mash potatoes that she decided to spend the remaining of the evening dipping her spoon in and out of.

On top of that, the restaurant is always taking part of great events. I went back for Sunset Yoga they did with Exhale Spa (one of the best yoga classes I’ve taken!) and a charity initiative they help host with Pretty Connected, where beauty bloggers and editors got to donate our unused and unopened beauty products to women in need. A restaurant with great food that’s also doing great things…sign me up.


REPORT CARD
Meal: Dinner

Occasion:
Price: $$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes


Restaurant Info:
Davio’s

451 Lexington Ave,
btw 44th and 45th Street
New York, NY 10017
(212) 661-4810


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FOOD - "The Delicious" - Italian

Scarlatto in Times Square

July 6, 2011

Scarlatto in Times Square


Inside Scarlatto

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

Sheryl stuck with the mushroom fettuccine, and I went with the pumpkin ravioli. Mushroom lovers would appreciate the light tasting fettuccine drizzled with truffle oil. I went nuts over the sweet pumpkin and ricotta filled pasta, with little crispy basil sprinkled on top. But the brown butter and sage sauce was what pulled it all together.

Walnuts Tartufo, $7

They have a generous dessert list that we spent at least ten minutes on, and finally decided to get the walnuts tartufo off the waiter’s suggestion. It’s a vanilla and chocolate ice cream with crushed walnuts covered in a chocolate powder shell. Delicious! I think it’s hard enough to find a good Italian restaurant in the city, but to find one that’s so close was such a treat!


Restaurant Info:
Scarlatto

250 W 47th St.
btw Broadway & 8th Ave.
New York, NY 10036
212-730-4535
Times Square


REPORT CARD

Meal: Dinner
Occasion: Reunion of beauty editors
Price: $$$
(Out of three stars)
Ambiance: ***
Food: ***
Service: ***
Would I go back?: Yes, I’m already craving that ravioli

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Shy


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