New York: A European taverna experience at Italienne in Flatiron
New York is perhaps one of the best cities in the world in terms of food variety and restaurants. However, there are only a few that can actually achieve both authenticity and taste. The newly opened Italienne , a French-Italian restaurant, has managed to satisfy its customers with its dishes, offering a two dining room experience. The first dining area is called Taverna, while the second dining room offers a four course prix-fixe menu.
The Taverna manages to attract its visitors with its warmth and friendly environment, trying to make you feel like being on your neighborhood restaurant. Their marble bar invites you to enjoy a glass of wine or a signature cocktail, perhaps along with a cheese board.
When it comes to its menu, this restaurant is definitely a "go-to" place for people who love to share their dishes. So call your friends and organize a wine-and-dine night out.
The menu is inspired by dishes and ingredients from Southern France and Northern Italy. More specifically, you should definitely get a board of Charcuterie, i.e. freshly cut meat, and in particular try their very good and smokey speck, along with some salametto and proscuitto.
Moving forward to appetizers, follow closely on what's coming next....Go for the Crostini Calabrese, with chickpea, anchovy and hot pepper, that will magically color your palate with its fresh and crunchy feel. Add to your order, an authentic dish of Burrata, the juicy and creamy Cauliflower gratin, the Insalata Barbabietole with beets and goat cheese and their Polpettine for some tasty pork meatballs.
Now even if you are preparing for summer season and trying to avoid dinner, at least share some bites of the following main courses. Say yes to Pizzetta Al Quattro Formaggi with proscuitto and honey, and to the Casoncelli pasta with pancetta and sage!
In case you have some room left for dessert, definitely try out the Tartufo, for chocolate lovers, and Baba Au Rhum, for those who are dreaming a bit of pineapple and coconut taste.