I love the light and airy front dining room at the mega hip Circolo 45 and the way it contrasts with the dark and moody back room. It's nice that a restaurant has two sides to enjoy. The atmosphere is no pressure and the service is pleasant and attentive. The food never disappoints. Executive Chef Daniele Sicuranza takes Italian and does it both traditionally and with a fusion feel. It just depends what you order.
People go there for their famous Meatballs ($13)--an appetizer portion is three generous balls. The meat is lean and tender and they serve it in a classic, no frills homemade marinara. Equally as famous (but for more adventurous eaters) is the 45 Octopus ($14). It's grilled and served with tomato confit and fresh squeezed lemon juice. This is another simple dish but it appeals to those who prefer dishes with a healthy flair and at the same time is classically Mediterranean. I went for a third appetizer; there were so many interesting choices! The Eggplant Parmigiana is in the classic Southern Italian style but Chef Sicuranza lets the tender locally grown eggplant do the talking and is sparse with the sauce intentionally. The eggplant is baked a little longer than usual to give the diner a mousse texture that is just divine.
|Spaghetti Alla Chitarra Con Tartufo Nero Estivo|
|Spezzatino Alla Toscana (Beef Shoulder)|
|Roasted Brussels Sprouts|
45 Bond Street
New York, NY 10012
Photos: Anne Raso