Amidst the hustle and bustle of Koreatown lies a hidden Italian gem tucked away inside of the new boutique Holiday Inn on West 31st St. This hidden gem is called Contorno and it boasts an amazing wine selection straight from Italy (and other international selections). First time owner and restauranteur, Andrew Impagliazzo, opened up this joint to mimic his Italian style family dinners with Italian tapas style dishes paired with fine wine. Enjoy treats from Chef David Buico, who was brought on board the Impagliazzo family train to create dishes on par with the family's vision. He uses ingredients only from small local purveyors and avoids heavy sauces and cheeses. Also working at this sure-to-be new hotspot is veteran sommelier and general manager Marta Cisneros, who has trained the staff on how to pair wines with the chef's dishes.
Contorno’s specialties include an unusual ravioli made with yellow beets, herb goat cheese, and honey thyme vinaigrette, Malfatti Pasta made with hand torn squid ink pasta, spicy tomato sauce, and a medley of seafood; shrimp, scallops, crab, and mussels and more. I recommend trying their delicious variation on gnocci - made not with potatoes, but with ricotta cheese and covered in a wild boar bolognese.
In addition to the dinner menu, Contorno’s also runs a $10 Lunch Madness special as well as a daily $5 Happy Hour from 4:30pm-6:30 pm, Monday-Friday and weekend brunch.
Next Tuesday, February 28th, Contorno's will introduce Wine Flight Tuesday's. Each week GM/Sommelier Marta Cisneros will lead customers in sampling a red or white wine flight from a different region, and help them learn about the wine and how to pair it with different dishes