Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Pizza, Pasta and Pizzazz at Acqua Restaurant NYC

By: Finance Foodie

During the President's Day long weekend, the Mister and I journeyed to the south end of Manhattan to visit the Seaport District (aka/fka South Street Seaport). As both of us hadn't visited the area since pre-Hurricane Sandy, we were excited to see the new restaurants, stores and buildings that have redeveloped the area from yesteryear.
Exterior on a snowy night
However, we should have checked the weather report before we headed out because it started snowing heavily as soon as we got out of the Fulton Street stop (luckily, as seasoned city dwellers, we always carry umbrellas). We quickly ducked for cover at Acqua Restaurant NYC, a lovely little Southern Italian restaurant on Peck Street, for some shelter (and carbs!).  The restaurant itself is rustic and cozy, with its exposed brick walls, vintage wood tables and warm candlelight. It was surprisingly busy for a blustery night, but we were seated right away and brought a basket of warm homemade bread and olive oil that really hit the spot.
Bianca al Prosciutto
To start, the Mister and I shared the Bianca al Prosciutto pizza ($19), a delectably baked pizza covered with a generous helping of prosciutto and arugula that looked as beautiful as a rose garden. It was a splendid sight for both the eyes and the stomach.
Linguine alle Vongole
We were informed by our server that Acqua is known for their fresh, never frozen, seafood, so we had to order the classic Linguine alle Vongole ($23) for one of our pasta mains. The clams did not disappoint - they were were large, fresh and generous in portion. However, the real standout was the olive oil and parsley sauce. While a simple concoction, it was for sure one of the best sauces I've ever had on this dish (and I've had many a Linguine alle Vongole over the years!).
Pappardelle Tartufo
Our second pasta dish we shared was another Italian classic, the Pappardelle Tartufo ($21). The whole wheat handmade pasta in this dish was fantasic and perfectly cooked (by the way, handmade pastas make all the difference in the world - I simply cannot go back to box pasta anymore).  I also loved the rich demi-glaze sauce, the light hint of truffle oil and the plump mushrooms that completed the entree.
Gelato
We were both in a carb coma, but after we saw the dessert menu on an interactive iPad, we knew that a serving of the hazelnut and vanilla gelato ($10) was the right way to close out the night. The gelato was decadent and it was fun to "scoop" up the gelato using the biscotti sticks that adorned the dessert. Acqua is a charming and wonderful resto that serves delicious food by a very friendly staff. I only wish I lived closer to the Seaport area - I would probably be here every night!

Acqua Restaurant NYC
21 Peck Slip
New York, NY 10038
(212) 349-4433
acquarestaurantnyc.com

Acqua Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday, February 5, 2018

2018 Winter Fancy Food Show in San Francisco Roundup

By: Irene Yang

It’s fitting that the Specialty Food Association's 2018 Winter Fancy Food Show was held in San Francisco. A town known for it’s diverse new technology—why not diverse new foods? Here’s some of the more interesting trends and items seen at the 2018 Fancy Food Show.
Entrance - Source: Specialty Food Association

Monday, January 22, 2018

A Slice of Italy at Margherita NYC

By: Finance Foodie

On most weekends, the Mister and I head to south to Chinatown for some satiating noodles and dumplings. However, we decided to mix it up this weekend and veer West to neighboring Little Italy to check out Margherita NYC, a Southern Italian shop known for their brick oven pizzas and rich pastas.
Exterior

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

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