Il Cantuccio's porchetta sandwich, served on focaccia made in-house Christopher Street's Il Cantuccio bakery is the first American branch of a venerable Florentine institution, an oven specializing in the salt-free bread of Tuscany. Tasting wonderfully bland on its own, this bread is of infinite u ... More >>
First course: local sardines A friend and I went to Porsena last week to check out the menu from Abruzzi being mounted there every Monday in February (including tonight and next Monday night) as part of a regular series of regional menus from Italy. Abruzzi is the remote region which lies on the o ... More >>
Dear Santa, We've been pretty good this year. We supported the New York establishments that we love and worked tirelessly to perfect our homemade baked goods. We buried our heads in hundreds of tasty books and still found a few ways to keep the spice in our lives. We ate a lot of meat (but we're ... More >>
Welcome to Unscrewed, your weekly antidote to wine-related malaise. Allow me to introduce myself with a list: 10 of my best tips for revitalizing your personal wine program or becoming a better drinker. 1. Be curious. There is no shame in learning, only in pretending to know what you don't. 2. Or ... More >>
These wonderful fried pork-belly tidbits are served with an arepa and lime wedges at Farmers Rotisserie -- for less than $5. [See More 10 Bests: Doughnuts | Gelato] No New York neighborhood offers a denser collection of restaurants, aimed at theater-goers, tourists, local neighborhood types, Time ... More >>
Two attendants are required to operate the new concession -- though both must arrive by separate means, as you can see from the small cab. [Oat Meals Slated To Open in the Village | John Brown Smokehouse Moving, To Feature Beer Garden & Live Music] Fork in the Road's third favorite gelateria in t ... More >>
These chicken chile guajillo enchiladas at Downtown Bakery are every bit as good -- and spicy -- as they look. The East Village may be the city's most eclectic and rewarding dining destination, though this aspect of the neighborhood is sometimes eclipsed by its bars and cocktail lounges. You can d ... More >>
The muti-fish tutto crudo was a sort of crunchy raw fish salad. Three years ago I published a long-winded account of a taping of Iron Chef America that I'd witnessed a year earlier. It featured chef Fortunato Nicotra of Lidia Bastianich's restaurant Felidia in a battle against Iron Chef Ma ... More >>
The pancioc from Il Cantuccio is an unparalleled chocolate delivery system that functions most advantageously at breakfast time. Chocolate croissants (a/k/a pain au chocolat) are fab, but let's face it -- the filling sometimes tastes a little too much like Nutella. Entenmann's chocolate donuts are ... More >>
A new osteria gives you a little bit of a lot of Italy
What happens when cute geeks collide in the lab
The special of mackerel crudo was artistically arranged. Almost two years ago, I reviewed Greenpoint newcomer Anella, a restaurant on the hip Franklin Street strip that replaced the legendary Queens Hideaway, doubling the space, adding a wood-fired oven, and creating a beautiful garden out ... More >>
At Gazala Place, Nice Matin, Gottino, and a host of other NYC restaurants
In addition to changing its decor to emulate the Home Depots farmhouses of Tuscany, Olive Garden is altering its beverage policy following an incident last month where a toddler was served sangria instead of orange juice. And the chain isn't alone: as Nation's Restaurant News reports, in the ... More >>
First course: An amuse of broiled rabbit hearts with garlic and olive oil On Friday evening the Organ Meat Society met to celebrate the 14th anniversary of the organization.
Plus other unrepentant doings at this new Northern Italian joint
dariocecchini.blogspot.comThe Meat Michelango himself.With the 2009 explosion of the "rock star butcher," New York was actually a little late to the party. Tuscany had already long treated its meat carvers like celebrities. Take Dario Cecchini of Panzano in Chianti, immortalized in Bill Bufor ... More >>
Under The Tuscan Gun Grub Street's reporting that Debi Mazar will be hosting a new show on Cooking Channel, along with her husband Gabriele Corcos. The show, called Extra Virgin, debuts on January 19 at 10 p.m. and will "explore their passionate, spirited life as they show [viewers] how any ... More >>
If this veal tongue could talk...
Carla RoleySara JenkinsWidely celebrated for the black magic she works with boneless pork roast at Porchetta, Sara Jenkins currently has her hands full opening Porsena, her new pasta restaurant down the block from Porchetta on East 7th Street. Jenkins, who spent much of her childhood in Tusca ... More >>
Wait! Isn't espresso supposed to be the opposite of instant coffee?
Central Italy hides in the West Village
Carlos wuz robbed
Forget the spicy pirates of the Fabio days! Today's lover of paperback romances demands men of today! Men as wealthy as Warren Buffet, as jet-setting as Aristotle Onassis, and as Tea-Party wholesome as Scott Brown, whose Cosmo spread is just a cowboy hat away from making a perfect cover for H ... More >>
Mmmm! Yellowfin Tuna Florentine! We've seen how the food industry takes terms like "Tuscan," stomps all over them, and then presents them back to us as their own newfangled flavor.
Armani / Ristorante 5th Avenue has announced the appointment of new executive chef Roberto Deiaco, formerly of the storied Rainbow Room. Deiaco, aided by consulting chef Lorenzo Viani of Ristorante Lorenzo in Tuscany's Forte dei Marmi, is implementing a new brunch menu featuring a Frittata wi ... More >>
581 Hudson Street: The former Valdino West was once the home of Trattoria d'Alfredo, the city's first Tuscan-style restaurant, and a hangout of James Beard. If you're accustomed to gauging the health of the restaurant industry as I do by watching the openings and closings on Eater, and noti ... More >>
Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto shares his recipe for Insalata di Uova e Carne Secca del Pontormo, a signature dish at the salumeria/restaurant that has been a diners' favorite since its opening. "This salad is popular because it's simple, but has so much flavor," says Casella. " ... More >>
Every week or so in 'What to B When You BYOB' we ask a local wine shop to recommend a few good wines under $20 to pair with the food at a nearby BYOB restaurant. This week, we talk to Beau Rapier of Uva Wines in Williamsburg about a certain newish Argentinean restaurant still awaiting its wine-and- ... More >>
The tumultuous scene inside one of the Hilton ballrooms at Vino 2009, the Italian wine tasting I almost never accept invitations to promotional events, but when I got a card a few weeks ago admitting me and a friend to a tasting of the newly released 2004 Brunellos, I thought a few seconds ... More >>
An appreciation of a new wine bar and a plea
. . . starts with bloody steaks and ends at Prada
Melt your winter heft with dosa, tea, and something nice 'n' stinky
Bringing the town of lardo home
Imprinting Greenwich Village
Lisa Kudrow supposedly got jewelry worth $5000 to host the MTV Movie Awards, and Adam Sandler was gifted with a $15,000 flat-screen TV.