We had a family wedding in Connecticut a few weeks ago (remember Emily?), and afterwards my parents came down to the city with me to see my new apartment.
When they visited over Christmas, my mom really wanted to walk over the Brooklyn Bridge. But, not surprisingly, the weather never got to be warm enough to make it worthwhile! So the first thing we did after dropping our bags was take a cab to Brooklyn and head back to Manhattan on foot.
After that we kept walking… and walking… and… walking… all the way to 19th and Park!
It was restaurant week in New York (can you hear the angels singing?) so we were headed to Bocca Restaurant & Bar to take advantage of its tasting menu.
Bocca is an Italian restaurant in Flatiron. I loved how the interior was decorated! It was very cool!
We started with a drink while we looked over the menu.
We were served bread with an olive oil and sun-dried tomato mix. It was a delicious twist on an Italian classic!
My dad began with the Polpettine di Agnello, which, obviously, is lamb meatballs with tomato sauce and sheep-milk ricotta. It was very good!
I was planning on ordering something different than my parents (you know, for the blog), but when my mom selected the Mozzarella Fatta in Casa I knew I had to order the same thing! This dish has hand-stretched mozzarella with heirloom tomato panzanella in a chianti vinaigrette. I really liked it, especially the crispy pieces!
For the main courses we were more successful at all ordering something different! My mom chose the Linguine all Vongole e Bottarga, which is house-made linguine served with little neck clams and bottarga in extra virgin olive oil. I don’t normally like seafood pasta, but I thought that this was done very well!
I chose the Trofie Integrali con Pesto di Pomodorini Secchi, which has homemade whole-wheat trofie pasta with sun-dried tomato pesto and almonds and raisins. I thought the pasta shape was so much fun!
My dad, however, selected the best pasta of the night! He ordered the Orecchiette con Cavolo Nero e Salsiccia di Agnello. It consists of homemade orecchiette pasta, Tuscan kale and spiced lamb sausage (lots of lamb for my dad this meal!). It is delicious, and understated in a way that you don’t find in many Italian restaurants.
For dessert, we each selected a different dish from the restaurant week menu. First up, the Tiramisu! This was a favorite of my parents!
I selected the Panna Cotta, also known as the weirdest-looking dish on the menu! The panna cotta was good, but there was too much of the strawberry and rhubarb coulis.
Finally, an Italian classic, Cannoli, which always makes me think of the famous line from The Godfather. This cannoli was pistachio flavored, and since I’m a fan of anything pistachio, I enjoyed it a lot.
Feeling full yet? We certainly were! Thank goodness for all of that walking!
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