Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Trattoria Toscana

Last week I met with friends at Trattoria Toscana (64 Carmine Street) in New York's West Village. I had been there once before on my wife's birthday and enjoyed a very Tuscan dinner, and needed to return to sample more of their extensive menu and wine list. Franco Fazzuoli, and partner Raimondo Abreu are both nationally recognized chefs who previously founded Il Ponte Vecchio, Zinno, and Cent' Anni in Greenwich Village. The professional and friendly service along with fantastic Tuscan Cuisine makes this a Best Bet for a night out, and Franco makes you feel special when you visit, like an old friend returning home. Not to mention their 27 Zagat rating.

Scuola Toscana IGT Super Tuscan 2004
100% Sangiovese, deep warm red colors with aromas of ripe red cherries, vanilla, balsamic complementing big smoky flavors, concentrated licorice, red berries, spices and violets.

We started with mixed salumi and cheeses, Sicilian sardines over red peppers, Papardelle pasta with Rabbit Ragu, and a delicious steak.

In good weather the doors are all open and there are also some sidewalk tables, making it feel a bit like a sidestreet in Florence.

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