My comfort food has always been cheese, and there is no cuisine which features cheese better, than Italian food. Longing for some gooey goodness, we went to Spiga tucked away on a side street on the Upper West Side. We walked up to the front, and saw this tiny space with dim lighting and calming pale yellow walls accented with red. Excited to eat in a more intimate setting, we climbed the stairs, opened the door, and a wave of scrumptious smells greeted us at the entrance. Taking a cozy seat on a side wall, we were ready for this mouthwatering journey to begin.
For our antipasti, we had the Insalata Autunnal with gold and red beets, asparagus, cremini mushrooms, sweet baby onions, and goat cheese in a pumpkin seed dressing. The harmony of the crunchy lettuce, smooth goat cheese, and savory dressing makes this salad a tasty and revitalizing dish to start your meal. We also had their Capesante Con Purea Di Zucci E Semi Di Papavero, pan seared scallops dipped in poppy seeds over a puree of butternut squash. the butternut puree compliments the perfectly seared scallops, giving it just the right amount of flavor.
When you go to Spiga, you must order their famous Lasagna. The noodles are homemade and topped with wild boar sauce mixed with mushrooms, complete with a hefty portion of béchamel sauce. If lasagna isn’t the ultimate comfort food, I don’t know what is. For the truly cheese indulgent, try the Ravioli Di Zucca, homemade pumpkin ravioli with parmesan cheese cream sauce, and a drizzle of balsamic vinegar reduction. Also delectable is their homemade sweet potato Gnocchi made with speck, radicchio, and taleggio cheese, and their homemade veal and spinach Cannelloni topped with a dangerously scrumptious white truffle cream sauce.
In my book, there is always room for dessert. We finished off this incredible food adventure with the Napoleon, a puff pastry with strawberry mousse and a balsamic vinegar reduction, and their Crème Brulee flavored with grand marnier. No matter your menu choice, at Spiga, you will get authentic Italian cuisine, cooked to perfection, and made with the highest quality standards. The atmosphere is inviting and comforting, exactly the type of experience you look for when you go out for Italian. I will definitely be back to Spiga with a goal of trying all of their pasta dishes; this is a place you don’t want to miss!