I probably should’ve tried the pizza at Zia Esterina Sorbillo on Mulberry Street in Manhattan’s Little Italy because that is what they are famous for in Naples. I have eaten it there and wrote about it in a previous post.
This visit I was alone and wanted something a little lighter–not that this huge calzone was.
I ordered the salame calzone. I believe they use good ingredients here, and the prices do reflect that.
The calzone was good but a little peppery for my taste, although I do think it’s the Neapolitan style, as my grandma’s calzones had a good amount of black pepper.
If I return, I would definitely get the pizza. It’s Neapolitan-style, which tends toward a “soggy” center that is different from New York-style pizza. When I told my cousin in Italy that Sorbillo opened up in New York, he was very excited and said it is very good pizza. So I think if you are looking to try a pizza that closely resembles the style of pizza in Naples, this is the place to go.
I recently had brunch at two very nice spots on the Upper West Side, an area of the city where I usually do not spend much time.
One is Machiavelli on Columbus & 85th. A gorgeous restaurant with lush decor, the menu is decidedly Italian, including brunch with dishes like polenta with parmesan and truffle oil, nutella crepes, and lemon and ricotta pancakes. I had the frittata salsiccia with Italian sausage, goat cheese, spinach and tomato. It was wonderful.
Another spot is Ella Kitchen & Bar on Columbus & 72nd. Here, the brunch consists of appetizing Latin & Mediterranean variations of classic dishes like baked eggs with Argentine sausage; eggs Benedict with grass-fed skirt steak and sauteed spinach; or avocado toast with edamame, black sesame seed, scallions, radishes, and hard-boiled egg. I got the classic baked eggs with heavy cream and parmesan.
From February 18 through 28, the NYC location of Wasabi Sushi & Bento is celebrating its first birthday by giving away free onigiri to any customer who tags a photo @Wasabi_NYC! Just show your post at checkout.
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Momo Crawl, Saturday, November 22, 2014, 2 p.m., Jackson Heights Food Court Marquee, 73-07 37th Rd., Jackson Heights, Queens: Sample momos from different vendors for $1 each and vote for the best.
Thanksgiving Dinner, Thursday, November 27, 2014, 4 to 7 p.m., The Water Table, Brooklyn
Thanksgiving 4-Course Prix Fixe, Thursday, November 27, 2014, 12 p.m., Blenheim Restaurant, West Village, Manhattan
wd-50 Final Dinners, November 19-23, 26, 28; Thanksgiving Day; and Last Call November 29, wd-50, Lower East Side, Manhattan
Today, there was an article in the New York Post on Little Italy’s becoming extinct. Of course, this saddens me. The first stop in America for both sides of my family was Mulberry Street. But this brings up a larger issue for me–the gentrification of New York City. I do not like it. The great thing about NYC is that it used to be the place to find everything, but as a friend of mine said, who is a published, well-respected economist from the Greatest Generation, NYC has lost its relevancy. I don’t think it is lost yet, but I do think it is happening. As New York becomes a homogenized city of the young and wealthy from around the country, it will lose its character. NYC is a mecca for many–in acting, theater, music, writing, finance, etc, but it’s also a home to the many people who lived there and whose families have lived there for generations. And it will lose its essence if it becomes generic. Of course, this is happening in a lot of cities in the United States–not just NYC–but NYC is known for having a certain character–and its tourism depends on it. If NYC becomes generic, why would anyone pay the incredible hotel bills to visit?
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Today is one of my favorite holidays, and I love to go to the parade. One year, I did three St. Patty’s Day parades in a row–in NYC, in DC and in Raleigh, NC. I’ve been to St. Patty’s Day parades in Hoboken (back when it was good and you could drink in the streets and the bars had free corned beef and cabbage). I love corned beef and cabbage and soda bread and Guinness. In fact, I made mine yesterday.
This soda bread recipe (different from the one I made last year) is from a woman named Pat Burns in Molly O’Neill’s New York Cookbook. It’s very delicious. I used really creamy butter from Maine and full-fat buttermilk. (I got my buttermilk from a dairy, but it was still full of gums. It looks as if one cannot get full-fat buttermilk anymore.)
For dessert, I kept it simple by making an angel food cake and fresh whipped cream with some green food coloring.
Today is a day to celebrate the Irish in America, much like Columbus Day for Italians. Today is also the name day of someone who is very special to me. And it also reminds me of my late Aunt Mary who died last year around this time, who like me, loved all things Irish. So in honor of Aunt Mary, all those named Patrick, all the Irish everywhere and those who love them, I’ve made Homemade Irish Cream, from a recipe my Aunt Mary gave me years ago. Slainte!
Aunt Mary’s Homemade Irish Cream
1 egg (I use pasteurized)
1 can condensed milk
1/2 pint heavy cream
1 1/2 tablespoons chocolate syrup
3/4 cup Irish whiskey
Blend all together in a blender. Chill and serve.
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