It was finally time to branch out from Cucina Urbana which has been a go-to for more years than I can remember. As good as expected and the Big Table Farm pinot did not hurt.
pesto & piquillo pepper flatbread – zucchini, pecorino, arugula, ricotta
market chopped salad – kale, fennel, celery root, grape, ricotta salt, cashew, white balsamic
pumpkin & goat cheese & zatar & crudite
grilled sicilian meatballs – amatriciana, guanciale, grana padano
I have yet to meet an Andrew Carmellini restaurant that I didn’t like. This is a very large space but is very warm and inviting and the design makes it feel more intimate. Perhaps one of my favorite spaces so far this year. If I lived in Williamsburg I would be a regular at the large bar. As I don’t this may become a regular stop before shows at Brooklyn Bowl.
Italian butter bean dip with wild mushroom sott’aceto
Mussels & clams, italian beer, pepperoni
Smoked beets, pistachio, ricotta salata
Artichokes alla gricia, duck egg, guanciale
18th avenue – mushrooms, parmigiano-reggiano, basil
Penne pugliese, rabbit, black kale, chickpea
Sicilian pistachio cake, olive oil ice cream
I swore I was going to cease Nico Osteria posts as there are already too many of them and it is well established as one of my favorites in Chicago. But evidently I can’t stop plus there were many new menu items. We loved the new formaggi dish that we tried and the burrata salad I have admittedly had again since this particular visit!
Gorgonzola cremificato – cows milk, financier biscotti, apple, blueberry balsamic
Madai snapper – kohlrabi salsa verde, basil & wild king salmon – fermented chile, black lava salt, cherry
Burrata – mission figs, grilled kale, treviso, pecan pesto, flat iron steak