I recently discovered Osteria Al Doge, a restaurant serving Venetian fare near Times Square. I am always a bit wary when eating in that area, lots of restaurants counting more on foot traffic than really returning customers; but, at Osteria Al Doge, not only was the food good, but the service was on point.
Here is what I tried:
As a cocktail, I tried their "Venetian" Spritz, that was pretty good. I was looking forward to it as this seems to be the drink of the year in Europe. Not that it was unknown to me, the first Spritz I tried being few years ago in Florence.
Then, as an appetizer, I went for the grilled baby octopus (polpo alla griglia) that was superb: well cooked, with a nice char, I loved the presentation.
For the entree, I ordered one of my favorite Italian pasta dishes: spaghetti alle vongole. At first, I wanted to try one of their homemade pasta, but could not not go with this dish. And I did not regret it: the spaghetti were served al dente, bathed in a delicious white sauce and accompanied by a reasonable number of clams.
Last was dessert: they bring to the table a tray of all their desserts and they had quite few that looked appetizing. But, when they mentioned the Nutella panna cotta, I could not resist. The panna cotta itself was pretty good, at the same time dense and creamy, with a nice chocolate taste that did not totally scream Nutella. It was still delicious.
Overall it was a very good meal and I would definitely go back to Osteria Al Doge. This time, I would definitely try some homemade pasta or maybe their calf liver that looked delicious.
Enjoy (I did)!
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Osteria Al Doge - 142 W 44th Street, New York, NY10036