Tuesday, November 27, 2012

superb SPIGOLO on NYC's Upper East Side(11-23-12)

It's not often I wander to Manhattan's Upper East Side, but the day

after Thanksgiving we were staying in the area and decided to try

SPIGOLO, which came on the recommendation of the Manager at

Mas(farmhouse) in NY where I had eaten several weeks before.

Spigolo (www.spigolonyc.com) is at 1561 Second Ave (at 81st St) and is

a teeny spot with about 10 tables holding no more than two dozen or so

folks. We arrived at 645pm and it was pretty empty, but by 730pm there

was not an empty seat. The room is simple with exposed brick and floor

to ceiling glass walls on the avenue and 81st St.

Sitting by the door, hence, can be a bit drafty!

Tasty olives, oil and bread arrived, but it was the whole wheat herb

encrusted bread sticks that had us hooked.

A bottle of Montepulicano Barba Vignafranca 2007 from Abruzzo which

was a medium red and oh so perfect for a chilly evening.

Samuel enjoyed the requisite Shirley Temple and ordered the GARGANELLI

with sweet Fennel Sausage Ragu and Parmigiano that he raved about and

gobbled up.

Will started with Grilled Octopus, Preserved Lemons, Frisee and Giant

Corona Beans and it was just right, but I adored my Homemade VENISON

SAUSAGE with Wild Black Trumpet Mushrooms, Parsnips, Hazelnuts and Vin

Cotto that was tasty and warm - just what Jack Frost ordered.

We split a PAPPARDELLE with Duck Confit, Lemon, Fennel & Parmesan that

was some of the ebst pasta I have had in NY in a while, and moved on

to a NEBBIOLO Langhe "Perbacco" 2009 from Vietti in Piemonte which was

youngish, but superb with the food.

Will moved to Roasted VENISON LOIN with Butternut Squash Spaetzle,

Baby Brussels Sprouts in a Dried Cherry Port Sauce that was divine as

was my Fazio Farm DUCK BREAST with Butternut Squash Puree, Broccoli

Rabe in a Natural Sauce.

I do have to say that while everything was cooked to our liking, our

sever never asked how we wanted it done.

Dessert--well, it was the day after Thanksgiving, so we all indulged.

Samuel gobbled up and raved over the Warm CHOCOLATE TORTE with Dark

Chocolate Ganache, Amaretto Cream & Praline. Will said the STICKY

TOFFEE PUDDING was delish, but not Yorkshire style. It came with

Fernet Branca Butterscotch sauce, Brandied Spiked Raisins and Vanilla

Gelato, which I think was a clue to its Italian version.

My RICOTTA CHEESECAKE was mercifully light with Mascarpone, Honey

Gastrique and Citrus Compote.

There is so much to discover on the UES (Upper East Side), I may have

to revisit.