It's been almost 5 years since my last trip to Italy, but I can still taste the savory goodness of the spaghetti and the sweetness of the tiramisu that was ever present in the endless sidewalk cafes. Now I try to indulge in carb-y Italian cuisine only sparingly, but when I got the invite for a "Taste of Italy" lunch at Marcony Ristorante, hosted by chef and owner Marco Pipolo, well I had to cash in my "splurge" meal day and check this place out.
Boy was this a good meal to play those calorie cards! When I walked in, I was greeted immediately by a house specialty cocktail made with Prosecco and crushed mixed berries. Day drinking - my kind of event! Soon after we were seated, the first course arrived - the Fiori di Zucchine (zucchini flower filled with riccota, mozzarella, and parmingiano cheese, drizzed with blueberry sauce) and the Fichi al Gorgonzola e Speck (figs filled with gorgonzola cheese wrapped with speck and drizzed with a balsamic reduction). Both items were deliciously rich and flavorful - and although the portions were tasting size, I already felt the fullness setting in.
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184 Lexington Ave
New York, NY 10016