I was craving Italian food and found Max in TriBeCa. This place was definitely crowded when we went on a Friday night and I was surprised to see so many families with young kids. It had this neighborhood feel for sure and I was looking forward to trying their dishes.
Menu wise, they have classics like burrata, pasta and pizza, but what is great is that they have homemade pasta and ravioli, that I always consider a plus for a restaurant. But, before I talk about the pasta, let me talk about our appetizer: Melanzane a Funghetto.
It is a dish composed of diced fried eggplant, cooked with tomato and basil. A perfect dish to share and eat with some bread. I found it just ok for me, tasting a bit of bitterness that might have come from the eggplant skin or the basil.
What was really amazing was their pasta. As I mentioned before, it is homemade and I definitely recommend them. Jodi went for the Ravioli Ai Porcini or porcini ravioli with truffle cream.
These large ravioli were fantastic and my favorite. The ravioli was perfectly made, not too thick or doughy, the cream had this wonderful truffle scent and paired perfectly with the mushrooms.
On my side, I went for the Spaghetti Alla Chitarra or homemade spaghetti with a lamb ragu and pecorino romano cheese.
At first, I thought there was not enough ragu, but it did not last that long...It was a very comforting dish: the pasta were perfectly cooked and that sauce was delicious, having a bold taste and a thick texture.
For dessert, we went for the classic tiramisu that was very good: creamy, with the right balance between the mascarpone cream and the coffee.
We had a great dinner at Max and it was unexpected to find such restaurant there. I would definitely go back, but for sure order their homemade pasta that is sublime. I definitely recommend this place: good food, good service and reasonable prices for TriBeCa.
Enjoy (I did)!
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