By Eva Whalen
Located across the street from the MoMA museum, the splendorous Italian restaurant Mozzarella e Vino is reasonably priced, has lovely décor, offers an enoteca-style bar with an emphasis on independent Italian winemakers and smaller family estates, a cocktail list, and most important: the food is superb! Specializing in simple, authentic ingredients and classic Italian dishes (lasagna, ravioli, meatballs) Mozzarella e Vino covers everything from panini (sandwiches), soups, and salads to more elaborate dinner fare (salmon, chicken, veal) – so whatever your hunger level or preference may be, this is absolutely the place to dine. Chef Vito Gnazzo cooks everything with love and flavor.
Salads as starters are fresh and varied (fresh fish salads, simple arugula-walnut-Parmigiano Reggiano mixes, Faro, and more), and you can also sample cheese boards, various prosciutto pairings, salume, Bresaola with Parmigiano Reggiano, antipasti (arancini, panzerotti, mozzarella rolls) and fried zucchini sticks or Calamari. Soups are inspired (green zucchini and potato puree scented with mint, for example), as are the extensive Panini offerings. The Ravioli is home-made and featured as a flavor of the day; the same holds true for the oven-baked lasagna. Fresh bread with olive oil and homemade herb breadsticks will grace your table as well.
Salmon, chicken, veal, and meatballs are hardy entrees, cooked to perfection with unique and fresh ingredients. But you must save room for dessert! The Panna Cotta is truly unique and a must-try, as you’ll never taste anything quite like it again and will not be disappointed. The Chocolate Cake with Orange Puree is also stupendous. If you want something lighter, you can opt for gelato or Tiramisu. You simply cannot go wrong with dessert here.
This is a great choice for a pre- or post-MoMA museum visit, and it’s ultra-convenient to the E train near 5th Avenue and 54th Street in midtown at 33 West 54th Street. There’s also a private dining room for parties. Visit http://www.mozzarellaevino.com for more info and to check out the full menu.
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