Thursday, November 30, 2017

A Pescatarian Italian Gem at Osteria 57

By: Finance Foodie

It's no secret that the Mister and I are fans of Italian cuisine and are always in the hunt for our next great pasta meal.  Therefore, when we heard about Osteria 57, a brand new Pescatarian Italian resto in the heart of Greenwich Village, we had to check it out.
Exterior
Osteria 57 was tad difficult to find and easy to miss (especially in the dark), as it was hidden under some scafolding off the main 6th Avenue path. The interior - while small - is cozy and classy, with candle lit tables perfect for date night or a get together with close friends. We were warmly welcomed in by the staff, seated promptly and offered a drink from their extensive wine list (FYI: 50% off on Sunday nights).
Olive Oil
Before our appetizers arrived, we were presented with table bread and olive oil. The bread was basic, but I loved how the olives were infused in the olive oil - not only did it make for a great presentation, but the flavor was obviously much richer and bolder than your run of the mill Bertolli bottle from the bodega.
Polpo Arrosto
For the appetizer, we had the Polpo Arrosto ($20), a grilled octopus served with a potato puree and roasted grapes.  What a show stopper! - the octopus tentacles were very fresh and nicely tender and the roasted grapes added a nice sweet tang to each bite. A lovely dish indeed and hard to top...
Gnocchi di Mele e Scampi
...however, the main dishes blew me away! The Mister and I shared the Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa e Gamberi ($24) and the Gnocchi di Mele e Scampi ($25) - both out of this world good. The orecchiette and gnocchi pastas were both cooked perfectly al dente. The shimp in the orecchiette and the langostine bites in the gnocchi both were extremely high quality and tasted like they just were swimming in the ocean this morning. Another highlight was the Parmesan cream sauce served on the side of each dish - both entrees already had an abundance of flavor, but a small drizzle of the parm sauce added a lot of depth to the dishes and was just the right finishing touch.
Orecchiette con Cime di Rapa e Gamberi
During our dinner, the dining room remained surprisingly full (given that it was a holiday weekend), packed with what appeared to be regulars who had already discovered Osteria 57's authentic (and reasonably priced) Italian fare. So the next time you want to escape the hussle and bussle of New York City life, be sure to head to Ostera 57 for a quiet slice of Italy!

Osteria 57
57 W 10th Street
New York, NY 10011
(212) 777-0057
Cuisine: Italian
osteria57.com

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Crazy for Carbs at Mandolino Ristorante & Pizzeria

By: Finance Foodie

This past weekend, the Mister and I were in the Union Square area of Manhattan when the hankering for some pasta and pizza hit. As luck would have it, we happened to walk by Mandolino Ristorante & Pizzeria, a fairly new Italian addition to the neighborhood - we heard good things already about this place through the grapevine, so we decided to stop on in.
Exterior

Monday, September 18, 2017

Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo Tickets Giveaway in San Mateo, CA

By: Irene Yang

So happy to be announcing a ticket giveaway for the San Mateo Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo! 5 lucky commenters will get free passes to the Gluten Free and Allergen Friendly Expo in San Mateo, CA happening November 18-19, 2017!!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Flavors Galore at the Summer Fancy Food Show 2017 in New York City

By: Finance Foodie

One magical time a year, the Specialty Food Association's Summer Fancy Food Show descends upon NYC, bringing lots of good eats and treats.  For three days straight, attendees eat and drink and be merry with over 1,000 purveyors peddling their sweet, savory, sour and spicy delicacies.

Exhibition Hall
I always look forward to this blessed event - not only does my stomach thank me, but it's also a great way to see the newest products and coolest trends in food and drink coming to market. Below are a few highlights from this year's show.

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