Friday, November 5, 2010

Restaurant Spotlight - NYC's Centro Vinoteca

A casually elegant neighborhood restaurant, Centro Vinoteca showcases boldly flavored cooking rooted in the traditions of Italy. The sleek and stylish space is bright and white as the light floods in through the floor to ceiling window panes. Each curve and bend of the oddly shaped bar begs you to join her for a drink. The aromas from open kitchen tease, tempt and toy with you as they urge you order something more. Start with piccolini - small shareable plates designed to whet the appetite such as truffled deviled eggs or saffron arancine before delving into the well-priced main menu. For antipasti try the grilled octopus with white bean puree or the grilled pizzetta with slow-cooked tomatoes. But the real reason for visiting Centro Vinoteca is the pastas. Think simple, organic, local ingredients. Try the papardelle with roasted wild mushrooms or the roasted butternut squash pansotti with sage and toasted walnuts. The wine list features over 200 wines from throughout Italy, including many available by the quartino. Come for a drink... and stay for the friendly staff and the seasoned chefs.
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