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Dinner in Savannah

Which is terrific but that was earlier in the year and since things change quickly in the restaurant world I was looking for current opinions.

Jan 02, 2013
Ciaopiazza in Southeast

Savannah restaurants?

My husband and I will be in Savannah, GA on Friday and are looking for a great restaurant. Any suggestions?

Jan 02, 2013
Ciaopiazza in Southeast

Dinner in Savannah

We'll be in Savannah on Friday the forth. Any great suggestions for dinner?

Jan 02, 2013
Ciaopiazza in Southeast

The Central Park Boathouse

Hopefully it's just in transition.

Apr 16, 2012
Ciaopiazza in Manhattan

The Central Park Boathouse

The explanation we got for the wine situation was that they ran out of everything during the lunch hour. Bad planning I guess.
Glad you didn't have our experience!

Apr 16, 2012
Ciaopiazza in Manhattan

The Central Park Boathouse

Beautiful scenery - has lots of problems. Every bottle of wine we tried to order was out of stock or hadn't been chilled. The manager spotted us a couple of half glasses of wine while he was supposedly going to quick chill a bottle, never happened. Back to the wine list. Out of desperation we went with a bottle of house Sauvignon blanc.
Food came out after more than an hour. Was good - but the waiter got the order wrong and brought mashed potatoes instead of mushrooms.
We had a lakeside table. The families sitting on either side of us at different times stood right behind our table so that our view was blocked. Both parties could have easily stood behind their own tables! That's the whole point of the location. I was looking at behind's all night.

Aside from that rudeness, the service was indifferent and very slow. Won't be back to this formerly great place. Anyone else had this experience at The Boathouse?

Apr 16, 2012
Ciaopiazza in Manhattan

Birthday dinner -white truffles!

1pm in the afternoon and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do for his birthday. G’s birthday always gives me grief because of its proximity to the end of the year holidays – Thanksgiving, Christmas and then New Years. It usually feels like a sucker punch of planning.

Yesterday at 1pm wasn’t sure what I was going to do for the celebration that evening. When I went out to pick up his gift, I stopped in at Citarella’s on Broadway in the upper west side. I’d been meaning to check it out but always put it off because there were other options closer. They had an enticing sign offering white truffles. That was the inspiration for the meal. I walked in and fell in love.

Artisan breads greet you in a corner as you walk in. Pre-cooked entre’s and sides in the next counter. Fish counter in the back. I picked up a gorgeous halibut steak that the fish monger de-boned. While standing in line for the fish I got some cooking ideas from a fellow customer who was in search of squid ink. Apparently Citarella’s has stopped selling squid ink, but I can get it frozen (the best according to my new friend) at Buono Italia (http://newyork.nearsay.com/nyc/chelse...) in the Chelsea Market – love that place. The fish monger gave me some wonderful suggestions for cooking the halibut steak – 5 minutes pan sautéed on each side. A little rosemary, cilantro, lemon, vermouth(we were out of vermouth so used a bit of white wine and gin) ginger and that was it.

Upstairs they have the deli section and that’s where the truffles are. White go for $350 a pound and black a bit less. I splurged on one small one that was $50. Spinach linguine, a light cream/cheese sauce and truffles grated over the top. spectacular!

So himself gets home – I’ve got everything ready to go and we spend the evening cooking, drinking wine, eating incredible foods. Huge success and a wonderful time.

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Citarella
2135 Broadway, New York, NY 10023

Buon Italia
75 9th Ave, New York, NY 10011

Jan 10, 2012
Ciaopiazza in Manhattan

Tiramisu

Great recipe, Thanks!

May 16, 2011
Ciaopiazza in Home Cooking

Tiramisu

Thanks!

May 16, 2011
Ciaopiazza in Home Cooking

Tiramisu

What's your favorite Tiramisu recipie?

May 13, 2011
Ciaopiazza in Home Cooking

The Red Rooster - anybody been?

We had a really great experience. Great food, great service and happy people working there. I hate it when grumpy people serve me food!

Apr 29, 2011
Ciaopiazza in Manhattan