Two weeks ago, we went to Deck The Walls, an annual event organized by the New York Academy of Art in TriBeCa. After that, we were set to eat Italian at L'Angolo, a place located at the corner (L'Angolo means the angle in Italian) of Duane and Greenwich.
The place did not seem that crowded when we arrived, but we were told that all the tables were reserved as we asked to change tables, ours being a bit small for three people, my leg not enjoying the knee of my nephew. However, several minutes after we ordered, the people in the larger table behind us left and they gracefully moved us there. In fact, they seem to pack as many people as possible on their tables, that is the only negative I found for the dining room that had a nice rustic feel and a nice atmosphere.
Food wise, they serve classic Italian dishes, with few homemade pasta and some specials with truffle that they cook in a cheese wheel, gving a bit of a show to the dining room. Here is what we tried:
They did not have a cocktail list, but the waiter told me that they could do anything, having a full bar. So, being in an Italian restaurant, I decided to order a Spritz, that was good, although it had too much ice in it.
For appetizers, we ordered their fritto misto that was a combination of fried calamari and fried zucchini, served with arribiata sauce. It was very good, but quite small for the $15 they charge for it.
The second appetizer was really good: it was the Melanzane al Forno or baked eggplant, cooked with parmesan cheese and a pomodoro sauce. This was delicious, the eggplant being perfectly cooked, smothered with lots of cheese.
We then shared few entrees. The first one was the Cacio e Pepe, that was homemade linguine with pepper and pecorino romano cheese. The pasta was good, but it had a bit too much pepper for my taste and not enough cheese.
Next were the homemade gnocchi, served with fresh mozzarella and a pomodoro sauce. It was a very good dish, the gnocchi being light, bathed in a delicious sauce.
The last entree was the Vitello Milanese or breaded veal cutlet, served with arugula, cherry tomatoes, onions and parmesan. It was delicious and perfect to share.
Last was dessert. Again, no menu and we had to remember all the choices the waiter described. We settled on the tiramisu that was very good: light and creamy as I like it.
Enjoy (I did)!
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L'Angolo - 190 A Duane St, New York, NY 10013