Located across the street from the Carnegie Hall is Trattoria Dell'Arte, an Italian restaurant that claims to have the largest antipasto bar in the city.
The decor is all about art, hence the words Dell'Arte in the name, from the sculptures of body parts to the paintings. After all, Italy is know for its art and the restaurant gives a nice homage to it.
I went there for lunch and ordered their luncheon menu that offers an appetizer and an entrée for just $27.50. It started of course with the homemade focaccia bread, made with peppers and olives: simply delicious.
A little after, they distributed a prosciutto muffin that was a pretty interesting creation.
With my meal, I went for a not so Italian drink: a coke...I mention it because they serve it right away with a refill, that is a nice attention.
For the appetizer, I ordered the sautéed shrimp and scallop.
The menu was mentioning scallops, in plural, but there was only one, that was well cooked. It was a refreshing dish, although I would have liked more flavor to it.
The entrée I picked was the Italian crab cake with pappardelle pasta.
It was a delicious dish: the homemade pasta was amazing and the crab cake perfectly done, really tasting of crab, with a big lump of it. I liked the fact that there was a sauce for the crab cake (made with pepper) and one for the pasta, more on the lighter side and complemented with tiny asparagus.
I really enjoyed my meal at Trattoria Dell'Arte: not only delicious, but also elegant. It is a bit pricey though considering that it did not include the drinks or the desserts. Would I go back? Definitely, to try this time the eggplant parmesan or the calf liver.
Enjoy (I did)!
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