This is the time of year that my mouth waters with anticipation, my hands long for a reprieve from the kitchen, and the enticement of a $24.07 lunch or a $35 for a dinner – both three courses – is just too tempting to pass up. Restaurant week is here and Henrietta is hungry!
First up I chose A Voce for lunch. The ambience may be on the stuffy side but the unobstructed view of Central Park more than makes up for it. Instead of a bread basket, focaccia bread arrived on an artisinal wooden slab accompanied by a creamy ricotta spread. The bread was fluffy fresh and the ricotta spread spiked with olive oil, hints of mint and red pepper flakes; a happy marriage of flavors.
For the Antipasti we chose the Shaved Pear and Fennel Salad with Almonds and Smoked Ricotta, which made for a good clean start, along with the Linguine Seafood Sugo with Toasted Garlic and Breadcrumbs, which boasted a zesty, chewy texture and melded perfectly with the other app.
For Secondi we opted for the Salsiccia – Grilled Pork Sausage with Creamy Polenta and Dried Apricot Mostarda – which was simple yet complex, sweet but tart; and the Orecchiette with Duck Bolognese and Grana Padano, which was bursting with flavor – nice big chunks of tender duck and perfectly al dente orecchiette.
My borderline obsessive sweet tooth demanded the Chef’s Dessert Selection, comprised of Vanilla Panna Cotta with Grapefruit, Aperol and Pistachios – refreshingly tart and nutty; and the Budino – Chocolate Bread Pudding with Orange and Hazelnuts, which was drier than I’d like, but the orange glaze was fabulous.
By the end of lunch, my friend Melly and I were completely stuffed, A Voce did not disappoint. With great food, attentive waiters and friendly patrons, it’s easy to see why A Voce is a go-to eatery. Restaurant week is still going strong, so pop by and get some Italian with modernist twist.
10 Columbus Circle
Tel : 212-823-2523