Friday, May 25, 2007

don't pass on EL PARAISO in DC - ANGELO's PIZZA is perfect in NYC

Last night we attended a pre-theater buffet at EL PARAISO RESTAURANT at 1916 14th St (at T St.) and were quite surprised at the high quality of the Salvadoran-Mexican cuisine. The PUPUSAS are the BEST in town (don't skip the marinated cabbage) and the buffet options of RICE & BEANS, FRIED PLANTAINS and a super-mix of chicken & beef fajitas was moist and tasty. We can't wait to go back and order off the menu!

Today we came to NYC with Samuel and his first meal in the Big Apple was a ANGELO's PIZZA at 1043 2nd Ave at 55th St. We sat outdoors and enjoyed the sights going by and while it took a while to get our order in, it came quickly and the server apologized that they were understaffed.

We all split a perfect pizza with PEPPERONI &SUN DRIED TOMATOES (Sam had the plain side) and he loved the pizza as well as the fresh basil leaves adorning it. The crust was some of the best I have ever had. The FRIED CALAMARI was nice, but the sauce wimpy, and Will thought the pieces were too large (I didn;'t mind them with a splash of lemon). Speaking of lemon, Samuel loved his (I thought way too sweet) lemonade while we quaffed a great 2005 ALLEGRINI VALPOLICELLA Classico that was just right with pizza and had a slight spice as well.

I finished with an excellent SALAD of BEETS, Greens, Goat Cheese & Walnuts in a tasty vinaigrette. Will opted for the basic TIRAMUSA and Sam hit the jackpot with the STRAWBERRY GELATO which he slurped up from the bowl after he finished (need I say more?). The portions here are huge and they even have family portions on everything from pastas (they looked great) to salads which is great for a family, group or take-home!

We heade back to the hotel where Sam crashed fast and we follow soon....