Starting Monday, November 11th, 2013, everyone can unite and toast to this Miami Beach hot spot. Café Prima Pasta will be inviting patrons to come complimentary bites to celebrate two decades of serving some of the finest and best reviewed food in South Florida.
It’s been hailed as the number one Italian restaurant by Tripadvisor.com and The New York Times as best daily happy hour. This tasty eatery will sure to reel you in for more than just your average pasta.
Carroll Gardens is a strange neighborhood for Manhattanites: the blocks packed with residences and a few businesses, many of which close before 10pm, feels more suburban than New York, but for those willing to make the trek (or perhaps just walk over from bustling Brooklyn neighborhoods), Carroll Gardens is home to many culinary gems.
Marco Polo Ristorante opened in 1983, serving upscale Italian cuisine, from seafood to fresh pastas, in a formal dining room decked out with white tableclothes, a full-size wooden bar, and a piano.
Dim lights washed over the charming interior of Ribalta, the Italian pizza restaurant on East 12th Street. With Skrillex dropping hard beats over the speaker, the dinner crowd started filing in. The founder of Ribalta, Rosario Procino, paced around the restaurant ensuring that everything was going well for the night. It was a special evening at Ribalta. In fact, it was the restaurant’s first night introducing a new member to its menu of palatable pizzas: the White Truffle Pizza.
The idea stemmed from Procino and Chef Pasquale Cozzolino. White truffles, known as the “diamonds of the kitchen” in the culinary world, are only present this time of the year and are valued for their exquisite taste. They are a type of fungus that grow under trees in forests, and are harvested underground.
Most interesting among his re-workings is the Bloody Margarita. Employing Candolini Grappa in lieu of vodka, The Bloody Margherita is spicy and almost sauce-thick with pureed San Marzano tomatoes. Ronkainen is especially proud of the garnish--tart, house-pickled grapes--as he well should be. The surprising flavors and textures of the drink as a whole work well to echo the food's Central Italian tastes.
In all, the Cocktails at Trattoria Il Mulino’s brunch are more than just a pleasant addition to the menu. We’d argue that they’re reason enough to merit a trip on their own.
Brunch is served at Trattoria Il Mulino (36 E 20th St) on Sundays, from 11:30 to 4.
The interior boasts sophistication and serenity. Crisp afternoon sunlight spills through the tall glass windows. A small jazz band plays in the corner, the hum of their instruments muffled by the clinking of glasses and silverware.
Chef Michael White, the restaurant’s celebrated chef and owner, is the mastermind behind the brunch menu. Some of the cuisines are influenced by his past travels.
For all of those craving a taste of Italy that don't have the means to get there, look no further than Pizzetteria Brunetti. Located right in the West Village, this pizza spot has all of the flavor of Italy, without the need of any flights booked.
Until recently, this exclusive pizzeria was only to be found in Westhampton Beach. However, owners owners Michael and Jaso n Brunetti, along with their new partner, Anthony Abenante, decided to take their talents over to the Big Apple, and, oh boy, are our stomachs greatful!
San Francisco has many different types of Italian cuisines. Perhaps you’ve gone for the Tuscan cuisine of Locanda or Ligurian pastas at Farina both in the heart of the “foodie hot spot,” the Mission district. I recommend venturing further north to the Marina and popping in for your fill of carbs at Ristobar. If you want to soak up a quick bite and a nice cocktail, snag a seat at in the bar area. You can’t go wrong with any of the pizzas; the crust is chewy and firm with the right amount of flavor. I suggest giving the Vesta a taste; ricotta, fennel sausage and wild arugula compliment each other without overwhelming your palate with one flavor. Don’t shy away from the sides either. Order the broccolini piccanti if you want to give your mouth a little kick, the heat is a good night ender.
New York always has Italian restaurants popping up, one more average than the next. That's why it's a breath of fresh air to dine at Tre Stelle, the new Italian restaurant located in the Flatiron District. This resto takes a departure from the norm with a classic, rich design, featuring Italian artwork by Andrea Rusin, modern oversized hanging lamps, and a unique slotted wooden garage door that separates the bar from the dining area and can be used to create a private event space. There is even outdoor dining available.
New York Magazine declared Salumè as having the “City’s Best Panini” but now diners have even more of an incentive to visit Salumè well after their lunch hours have passed. The new menu items stem from the collaboration of Salumè’s owner, Michael A. Spalding and Michelin-starred Chef Steven Hubbell from Chicago. Together Spalding and Chef Hubbell took Salumè's already delectable menu and created a “laboratory for Italian culinary innovation” through the new breakfast and all day menus.
There are plenty of reasons to envy Europeans and their relaxed lifestyle. During the month of August, Europe’s Summer Holiday, there is no better time to be envious of our friend’s across the pond. While offices are closed for the month, people get together with family and friends for midday meals because when there’s bonding and quality time spent together you know food will likely be involved. In Italy, a popular Summer Holiday pastime is packing up a picnic basket to the brim and heading out to the Amalfi coast or the Tuscan hillside.