ALICE Restaurant MILANO

@Alice: Una stella Michelin per questo ristorante un po’ nascosto e lontano dalle zone della movida Milanese.

Piatti preparati perfettamente, delicati e con sapori che accarezzano il palato lasciandoti un piacere continuo fino alla fine della cena;  il pesce cucinato e’ favoloso e gli stuzzichini pre pasto sono una gioia anche per gli occhi.

In abbinamento ai piatti, ho provato un vino bianco della valtellina (mi sono allontanato parecchio dal mare…) e sono stato piacevolmente sorpreso; Ca’Brione di Nino Negri, un blend con il 30% di Sauvignon, 30% di Chardonnay e il rimanente di Manzoni e Chiavennasca. Rimane forse un po’ troppo a lungo in barrique ma e’ un perfetto abbinamento per piatti di pesce “nobili” e crostacei.

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Dinner @breslin 1 Michelin star…

Beautiful pub, good food and good looking people, but sure it’s not the best spot for a dinner.
Do you want eating tasty dishes during your happy hour or late in the night, Breslin is the right place.

In this old British style pub, you will find beers, cocktails and wine by the glass and you can pairing with delicious apetizers and tapas; the main courses are amazing also, but too expensive for a pub.
Too noisy, waiters too casual and service imperfect to be a restaurant with one Michelin star…

I will come back with some British style expert…

Colicchio’sRestaurants

Better Colicchio and Sons or Craft?  I prefer Craft, but Colicchio has a great beers selection. Both are very good, at Colicchio you will find standard dishes, more sofisticated menu at Craft, I will review both of them to decide who will be the best.

Hasaki Jap restaurant

I got a reccomendation to taste a japanese restaurant in the East Village and I couldn’t decline this invitation.

Hasaki restaurant on 9th Street and 3rd Avenue is a tiny restaurant where you can eat at the counter or at the small tables for 2 or 4 people max.

For my first dinner in this spot, I have decided to taste the classic japaneses dishes, Sushi/Sashimi/Roll

Sushi and Sashimi were well prepared and with a good quality, but I have to review the Rolls because they were tasteless.

It is a lovely spot with regular service but not very friendly.

At the end I can say that if you want to eat a good quality japanese food without spend hundreds of bucks, this it is one of the right addresses; I still prefer “Kanoyama” but “Hasaki” can be an alternative solution. 

Thank you  for the reccomendation.

Have you a good Week

The Food Hall NYC

A new upscale food emporium in Manhattan. In the lower level of the historic Plaza Hotel a new Food Hall by Todd English, a popular US restaurateur. Here you will find 8 food stations and you can sit at each one or at the common tables.

Amazing food, I tasted chorizo, lamb, fish, rolls and dessert and all was delicious at a fair price; perfect service and organisation.

Bring home also some packed food from the store and you will be happy to remember your enjoy time here when you will eat it at home.

If you have to decide between Eataly And The Plaza Food Hall, this is much better…and the plus is that you won’t see a guy walking around wearing orange crocs.

See you at the next tasting.

La petite maison Opening

In front of Moma a new French restaurant opening tonight. After three steps the restaurant entrance with a big counter and then a few dinner rooms on two floors with a stunning ceiling. Champagne and delicious apetizer for this great event; only one thing is bad, sangria with ice isn’t the right way to make the drink. In the next weeks I’ll try to have a dinner to confirm the quality of this place https://marclifestyle.wordpress.com

PizzeriaNYC

Pizza is one of the millions Italian dishes specialties; Can you eat a real Italian Pizza outside the beautiful Mediterranean peninsula?

Before analyzing what you can find in this crazy “not American” island, you have to know that in Italy we have a several kind of pizza; a few types are such as:

  • Naples Pizza, “the original” with soft thick crust.
  • Roman Pizza, crusty and thin.
  • Pizza with buffalo mozzarella and Pizza with cow milk mozzarella.
  • Pizza with tomato sauce or with fresh cherry tomato or without tomato(usually in Italy called “Bianca”).
  • Etc …

You can put a lot of toppings on your pizza but the original one is the “Margherita” a Naples pizza with buffalo mozzarella, tomato and basil, created in the 1889 as a gift for the Queen Margherita during her visit to Naples.

Now what you can find in New York:

Keste’ (Bleecker street) : Delicious Naples Pizza, the best in town.
Unfortunately a small spot and it doesn’t accept reservation, so you have
to plan a big line outside before tasting their good dishes.

Olio Pizza e Piu’ (Greenwich Ave) : Good Naples Pizza with good
ingredients; The restaurant cooks also a few pasta dishes and the cocktails
are terrific. The spot is nice and there is a space between tables (not
easy to find in Manhattan); you can also reserve your table.

Rossopomodoro (Eataly): In this crazy market store where there are too many
tourists, you will find a good Pizza, but the waiting line is 1 hours with
a poor service and no reservation are available.

Pizza Luzzo (First Avenue): Good Pizza (a mix between Naples Pizza and
Roman Pizza) but expensive.

Numero 28 (Second Avenue): Regular Roman Pizza, but not a very good service
and cash only.

Totale (St.Marks): Cheap Naples Pizza, it is more a take away store than a
restaurant but you can eat “margherita” with 5$.

Otto Pizzeria (the worst pizza in my life),Grimaldi, Patsy, John’s, Lombardi, Totonno’s and all others aren’t Italian pizzeria; the tomato sauce is like ketchup, cheese doesn’t taste cheese and the crust is like plastic bag.

BLUE HILL Restaurants

Perfect service with great dish made with fantastic and natural ingredients
grown in their farms.
Nice and confortable place with the right space between the tables (it isn’t common in NY).
Last, but not least, the handwritten postcard sent home …. THIS IS QUALITY.

After the Restaurant in Manhattan I tried Blue Hill at the Stone Barns in Pocantico Hill.

Would you like a perfect restaurant for a perfect day outside the city?  Blue Hill at the Stone Barns is the perfect address to go. You can eat lunch on the terrace and after walking through the farm and visit livestock and crops or before walk and then taste the perfect dishes from the Kitchen.

After I have been at the Blue Hill restaurant in Manhattan, I tried this one and now I’m not able to decide which is the best .    

 

RestaurantNY

SD26 best new restaurant in Esquire list… I had already said this back in february… so my reviews are not so wrong…

Otto pizzeria not italian

Batali and Bastianich talk a lot of italian food, how to cook, how to eat but their idea of italian food is more American-Italian.

I betrayed my favorite pizzeria to try Otto a popular pizzeria owned by Batali/Bastianich. The advertise says “serving classic Italian pizzas…”, but nothing is true. The pizza’s pasta was like a piece of wood, the tomato was ketchup, and I don’t remember the bufala mozzarella taste because were only few pieces but for sure wasn’t real bufala.
Don’t call it Italian pizza when, if americans like this kind of food, no problem for me, but don’t try to sell it as real italian food.

Did Eataly find the right partner for the new market store in NY? I’m not sure, we will find out soon.