Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Inoteca - 323 3rd Avenue at 24th Street New York, NY 10010 (212) 683-3035

I've been craving for prosciutto everyday since I got back from my trip to Italy last November. The prosciutto there is amazing. It was the first time I've ever had it and I can't believe what I was missing all this time. As soon as I got back to New York, I started looking for any Italian restaurant that would have it on their menu and that's when I happen to come across Inoteca. Their menu is entirely in Italian, but thank goodness they provide you with a glossary in English.



Inoteca is one of the many new gastropubs that is starting to pop up all around Manhattan. Gastropubs have become really popular lately. It's a place where people can go to enjoy their wine accompanied by fine food. Inoteca has a great selection of wine and their bruschetta is simply delicious. You can select from a list of toppings you want on your bruschetta with one selling for $3, 3 for $7, and 5 for $12. It's a great deal if you go in a big group. The toscana (chicken liver) is flavorful and slightly gamy and the ricotta is smooth and creamy. But under no circumstance should you order the tonno (tuna). It's extremely salty and it tastes like it came straight out of a can.

For the main course, I had the pappardelle with sausage and mushroom. The pasta tastes fresh and homemade and the sauce was excellent. If you don't want too much grated parmesan on your pasta, just remember to remind your waiter of that because they will pile that baby on like there's no tomorrow.

Needless to say, you can't come to a gastropub without ordering some wine. I'm no wine connoisseur so my waiter recommended that I try the 2006 Rosso di Spicca, Tenuta Le Velette, which was fruity and had a nice subtle finish.



I've also ordered the assortito dish; a platter with a variety of cured meats which, of course, included prosciutto. I must say, it wasn't quite as good as what I had in Italy but it will have to do for now until my next trip back to Europe.

Bottom Line:

Recommended: Yes

Price: Reasonable $25-$50 PP

Appetizer: Bruschetta

Main Course: Pappardelle with Sausage and Mushroom

Service: Good

Website: http://www.inotecanyc.com/

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