Insatiable Girl

NEW YORK: Mercato

Posted in Uncategorized by sue on October 23, 2010

Mercato is quite possibly one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve been to in New York, oddly enough since it’s pretty much in the middle of a food lover’s hell– I can count the handful of decent restaurants in the area on one hand, two hands if I’m being generous. Pretty much everything I’ve had on the menu has been good: meatball appetizer (my absolute favorite thing on the menu), gnocchi (though the pieces could be a bit small), ratatouille, rigatoni, and semifreddo (an almond and pistachio dessert). Their pasta special yesterday was a pumpkin lasagna with lamb ragout which was to die for. I had just a bite of Emily’s dish and I am still thinking about it now. The two dishes you should definitely not get here are their artichoke appetizer and ravioli which is pictured above. The artichoke was burnt to a crisp and flavorless. The ravioli was great, but drowning in a pool of butter; so unless you want to suffer from cardiac arrest, stay away from the ravioli!

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