You could pass in front of Scalini Fedeli in TriBeCa without even noticing a place that is worth knowing. Beautiful restaurant with a sophisticated decor that could intimidate diners looking for a casual Italian place, Scalini Fedeli serves an amazing menu crafted by Executive chef Michael Cetrulo. But know that they only serve a prix-fixe dinner that for $75 is a great deal. Here is what we had:
As a cocktail, I got an Aperol Spritz:
They then brought us some amuse: a focaccia bite and some canapés made with butternut squash and smoked salmon.
It was followed by their porcini mushroom ravioli that was amazing, perfectly made and flavorful, with a hint of truffle.
As an appetizer, Jodi got their arugula and goat cheese salad with fresh anjou pear served alongside an autumn squash tart.
My appetizer was the squid ink tagliatelle in a spicy “Pescatore” sauce with a combination of seafood and cherry tomatoes. Not spicy, it was a fantastic dish: the pasta was amazing, with my only regret being that this was a small portion.
Next were the entrees. Jodi ordered the butternut agnolotti with a sage brown butter topped with amaretti and buffalo mozzarella. This was succulent! They definitely know how to make pasta: the ravioli was not too thick, perfectly cooked, with a deliciously sweet filling that paired very well with the brown butter.
On my side, I went for the roasted rack of lamb “Mortadella E Lenticchie Crema” with a rosemary and black olive sauce. This was another amazing dish: the lamb was so good: delightfully fatty and juicy with a nice char on the outside. It was served with a delicious potato au gratin.
To help digest and before dessert, they then brought us a sorbet made with coconut and lemon, a good way to cleanse our palate. It was sitting on granola that gave a nice texture.
For dessert, we chose the warm doughnuts made with ricotta cheese and served with four sauces (lemon - my least favorite as too tart -, chocolate, raspberry and caramel). These doughnuts were sublime and very addictive. I surely did not need any sauce with them…
The second dessert was just ok. It was the flourless chocolate torte topped with fleur de sel served with caramel gelato and amarena cherries from Emilia Romagna. It was not as chocolatey as it appears.
And with the bill, some chocolate biscotti…
That was a great meal: Scalini Fedeli is a nice place in TriBeCa, like an old school Italian restaurant where you can taste various dishes from all over Italy, discovering each time you go something new, their menu being quite extensive. It is a bit pricey, but it is worth it.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Scalini Fedeli - 165 Duane Street, New York, NY 10013