Located few steps from Union Square, Al Vicoletto is an Italian eatery and gourmet market where we went for dinner. I like the vibe of the place that has a certain energy and a European feel.
At the beginning of the meal, they gave us some bread, as well as a small sandwich bites made with focaccia bread, peck and cheese: a great way to start, although, so delicious that I stopped eating it as I was expecting to have a feast...
We were with our friends Tessa and Dermott and so, decided to share some appetizers. The first one was the burrata that was served with arugula salad and a balsamic reduction. Good idea, unfortunately the burrata was not creamy enough.
The second appetizer however was very good: it was the grilled Portuguese octopus over grilled polenta, paprika butter and sweet gherkins. I simply loved it. First, because of the octopus, that was well cooked and not rubbery at all. Second, for the polenta that was a nice addition, far from the traditional potatoes.
Jodi decided to get their mushroom ravioli in truffle cream sauce. This was a good choice, the ravioli being very good, the shell not being too thick and being well cooked, with of course, the nice amount of cream made this dish even better.
Yes, it was better than mine! I chose the ricotta ravioli with butter and sage in parmigiana sauce. The ravioli was too thick with not enough filling in it and also not enough sauce.
I should mention the wine we had with our meal: Santi 'Solane' Valpolicella Classico Superiore Ripasso, Veneto, Italy.
Last was dessert. We went for the classic tiramisu. And it was a good one, creamy as I like it with hints of coffee, not overpowering the whole thing.
We had a great time at Al Vicoletto with our friends. The food was decent, but I would not say that it is the best Italian in the city. Dishes were a bit unequal there, some being quite good, others not to my liking. Would I go back? Not sure at this point. I think that there are better options in the city.
Enjoy (I did)!
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