Becco in New York, NY

 Becco in New York, NY

Becco in New York, NY

Opened in 1993 by Lidia and Joe Bastianich, Becco is one of those Italian restaurants where your palate will transport you miles away, on a culinary trip that you will never forget. Reservations are necessary for this hotspot located in restaurant row, in the heart of the Theater District. Becco means beak in english, hence the bird on their logo. I am not sure if it is a reference to feeding us, but, after reading this post, you will probably check when you will be able to go there!

It is a fairly big place and I counted three different dining rooms. One of them had a rustic feel with its pans on the wall.

 Becco in New York, NY

Becco in New York, NY

But the most surprising was the one where we sat, in the back: it was as if we were in a backyard, thanks to the windows on the ceiling that let the sun come to the room. A room nicely decorated, with an impressive display of wine bottles.

 Dining room at Becco in New York, NY

Dining room at Becco in New York, NY

At Becco, Executive Chef William Gallagher crafted an interesting menu, elevating some traditional Italian dishes. They have the great idea to offer for lunch the Sinfonia di Paste or pasta symphony, an all you can eat pasta made of three preparation of the day for $18.95 with a Caesar salad or an antipasto misto (marinated and grilled vegetables). If you do not feel only eating pasta, you can pick and entree and, for $9, you can try each of the three pasta. That is certainly a good deal!

So, after we sat and while we were trying to decide what to get, they brought us some olives

 Olives at Becco in New York, NY

Olives at Becco in New York, NY

A bread basket (the focaccia and bread sticks, homemade, were delicious):

 Bread basket at Becco in New York, NY

Bread basket at Becco in New York, NY

As well as a spread made of white beans, carrots, roasted red peppers, oregano, turmeric and olive oil.

 White beans spread at Becco in New York, NY

White beans spread at Becco in New York, NY

That was like an Italian hummus, as the waiter put it and was divine on a piece of focaccia; it was dry, comforting and a nice way to start the lunch.

 White beans spread at Becco in New York, NY

White beans spread at Becco in New York, NY

Jodi decided to go for a special of the day: pan seared tuna with some greens.

 Pan seared tuna at Becco in New York, NY

Pan seared tuna at Becco in New York, NY

It was a perfectly cooked fish, fresh, with a nice red color.

On my side, I decided to order the Fegato, Pan-seared calf’s liver with caramelized onions, bacon and crispy polenta, drizzled with extra virgin olive oil and Aceto di Balsamico (balsamic vinegar). I decided to accompany it with the three pasta of the day, that were:

Farfalle with tomato sauce and basil:

 Farfalle with Tomato Sauce and Basil at Becco in New York, NY

Farfalle with Tomato Sauce and Basil at Becco in New York, NY

Swiss chard ravioli:

 Swiss chard ravioli at Becco in New York, NY

Swiss chard ravioli at Becco in New York, NY

Linguine with mussels:

 Linguine with mussels at Becco in New York, NY

Linguine with mussels at Becco in New York, NY

These pastas were sublime: perfectly cooked (the farfalle were soft, the linguine al dente), they had so much flavor that I was tempted to go for a second serving. My favorite was the linguine, then the farfalle and then the ravioli. The only complaint is that they put all the pasta onto one plate: it would be great to have a plate split in three different sections so the sauces do not mix.

After this, came my entree: the calf's liver.

 Calf liver at Becco in New York, NY

Calf liver at Becco in New York, NY

This was a huge plate: there were two thick slices of liver (I am more used to thinner slices, but still, perfectly cooked, not dry), as well as some polenta sticks under that were crispy on the outside and soft in the inside, not bland as polenta can sometimes be.

 Calf liver and polenta at Becco in New York, NY

Calf liver and polenta at Becco in New York, NY

Last was dessert. Yes, I am sure you are wondering how we still had space for it. Well, they were proposing a sampler and I could not resist...

 Dessert sampler at Becco in New York, NY

Dessert sampler at Becco in New York, NY

It was composed of:

Banana bread pudding:

 Banana bread pudding at Becco in New York, NY

Banana bread pudding at Becco in New York, NY

Italian cheesecake (made with ricotta):

 Italian cheesecake at Becco in New York, NY

Italian cheesecake at Becco in New York, NY

Chocolate mousse cake:

 Chocolate mousse cake at Becco in New York, NY

Chocolate mousse cake at Becco in New York, NY

Panna Cotta:

 Panna cotta at Becco in New York, NY

Panna cotta at Becco in New York, NY

Pear sorbet:

 Pear sorbet at Becco in New York, NY

Pear sorbet at Becco in New York, NY

I love when restaurants propose samplers as, often, I am not sure which dessert I should order, several being mouth watering. At Becco, for $7.50 per person, you get five different ones. Ok, the portions are small, but still, this is a good deal and a perfect way to finish a meal. My favorite was the pear sorbet, then the cheesecake, panna cotta, chocolate mousse and last the banana bread that did not taste like there was any banana.

This was a fantastic lunch: the food was delicious and the service impeccable. Becco is definitely a restaurant to know for some great Italian food and delicious pasta.

Enjoy (I did)!

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