Thursday, April 24, 2014

Italian Dinner at Da Marcella

Earlier this week, I visited Da Marcella for a press dinner. I love Italian food and family-style feasting, so it was a very enjoyable dinner. The restaurant has a very cozy feel to it, with a few leather banquettes and also high communal tables. While there is some artwork on the walls, you really can't help but focus purely on the food. It's very, very good.

The restaurant is located in Greenwich Village on Houston and MacDougal. Next time I'm craving old-school comforting Italian dishes, I'm definitely returning here. Prices are fair, with most of the pastas at around $10, and seafood and meat entrees running between $17 and $19.




Below are my favorites of everything we tasted:


Grilled marinated Spanish octopus, fresh caper berries, sundried tomatoes, rughetta
I am a huge fan of seafood, so I was happy to see this land on the table. Unbelievably tender and tasty, served with a light dressing. 


Burrata, San Daniele proscuitto, truffle sauce, with crostini
The most silky and amazing burrata, it practically melts in your mouth. I didn't taste any truffle, but still found this appetizer to be very memorable even days later.


Braised Colorado lamb shank with creamy polenta
So I'm definitely not a lamb connoisseur, the gamey taste scares me, and I never order it when given a choice. This however, was so fantastic. The meat was cooked to perfection and fell off the bone with just a gentle nudge. The polenta was creamy and a delicious balance to the heavily (but superb!) sauced lamb.


Ricotta cheesecake
Light, fluffy, wonderful. 

142 West Houston Street (between Sullivan Street and MacDougal)
New York, NY 10012
(212) 559-9192


There is also a midtown location of Da Marcella-- 11 West 51st Street.


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*This meal was complimentary, hosted by the restaurant as part of a press dinner.

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