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Piemonte 2014, Part II

Another great post. Thanks for posting the menus (the most important part) I can already taste it and see myself ordering Tajarin, Agnolotti or Ravioli just about twice a day during the 4 day stay. We are strategically staying in Baudana about 6 km from Osteria Veglio

about 11 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Italy

Which restaurant rating?

Thanks to you both!!

Bob, the check should come shortly!

about 16 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

Wow!!

about 20 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Italy

Piemonte 2014, Part II

This is gold! Thank you so much for taking the time, and possibly precious vacation time to register your eats. Looking forward to the rest

1 day ago
Ziggy41 in Italy

Mimi Cheng's Dumpling's: Meh Meh

I tried it as well and agree overall. You cant mix and match the 3 kinds so if you are alone you are pretty much stuck to one kind. Although after one bite my disappointment that you cant mix was gone because I couldn't really taste what I was eating anyway. Could have been turtle meat as far I know. But the excellent dough saved it to make it a respectable dumpling but not something I'd rush back for. And to compare the price to prosperity...

PS. Because of the new Chowhound design and their odd choice of icons, I can only "Recommend" the female posts from now on. No offense Houdini

Jul 26, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Which restaurant rating?

Yelp is actually more useful than a NYT review that was written 5 years ago where none of the dishes mentioned are on the current menu, and the establishment fixed the lighting issue they were having ("minus 1 star for the ultra dim lights!").

But the grades in Yelp means almost nothing to me. They are all pretty much hovering around the 3.5, 4 star mark (the good ones), and there are way too many reviews that shouldn't even be there that affect the rating ("I didn't eat there because of the "B" on the window" - 1 star). But among the many mostly local reviews (as opposed to something like Trip Advisor) there are plenty of thoughtful ones that may give you an idea on what dishes to try

Read food blogs, and spend some time on Chowhound, and the ideas will start flowing

Jul 26, 2014
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Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

Oh, I just Google drove it ;) Thats the extent of me ever being in the area. Never been to Piedmont

Jul 25, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

Do you mean the main square in Serravalle, Piazza Luigi Ravina? There's a church, tower, nice views on top of a small soccer field?

Jul 25, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Inexpensive but healthy lunch near AMNH?

"Gazala is lovely and right by the Museum but may not qualify as inexpensive"

Really? Don't they have similar $11 lunch specials as the other Gazala. One of the best deals in HK

Jul 24, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

Unless Allende is available...

Jul 24, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

Sights in general...
Area food purveyors
A winery
His/Her's favorite village/town, etc

Jul 24, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Belated trip report: Rome and Florence

Well they better shape up, or else..
Personally I'll take the Gelsi Neri Granita at Ciuri Ciuri over all ice creams in Rome in the summer

Jul 24, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

Thanks to you both. Villa Tiboldi is on the map as a possible stop, and I believe the first saved item. I also inquired about staying there initially. Pictures look stunning.

Allende, looking forward to your friends report (if they choose to do so). Appreciate all your advice.

I do have one more question. I normally dont seek tours of any kind when in Italy but in this case would anyone recommend someone to tour the area with for half to a full day that would be much more enjoyable than self touring

Jul 24, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Belated trip report: Rome and Florence

Nice report. I was getting similar stares and death threats from one family member when I took them from the Vatican to Sorpasso. The longest 15 minutes of my life. I missed Pizzarium but only because my 6th sense detected that Gabriele Bonci will come to us to NYC 2 months later.

On another note, looking at ElizabethMinchilliInRome I see Carapina ice cream in Rome now. Thats big news (for me at least)

Jul 24, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Agree or Disagree: "These days, restaurants are rarely better than on day one." -Alan Richman

Jul 23, 2014
Ziggy41 in General Topics

Agree or Disagree: "These days, restaurants are rarely better than on day one." -Alan Richman

Its called Opposite Hipster. "A person who likes something way after it was popular and everyone stopped caring about it."

Like as if you are planning to wait another painful 3 months before you finally decide to create a neighborhood Happy Video

Jul 23, 2014
Ziggy41 in General Topics

Agree or Disagree: "These days, restaurants are rarely better than on day one." -Alan Richman

Wait a minute. Are you saying that the Richman depiction on Treme was true? If yes then def +1

Jul 23, 2014
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Costata: The Underrated Michael White Restaurant that Covers All the Bases

Never made it to Ai Fiori. It slowly made it to the old/stale/unexciting bin, perhaps undeservedly

Jul 23, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Costata: The Underrated Michael White Restaurant that Covers All the Bases

Every time I look At Opentable I see availability even for sat nights. Their pastas are excellent IMO. Not as thrilling as Marea or Lincoln, but all were quite enjoyable.

Great review!

Jul 23, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Costata: The Underrated Michael White Restaurant that Covers All the Bases

Hence Garganelli Alla Fiamma one of the old standards that's on the menu at Costata. I had the dish at both Fiamma and Costata (preffered it back then). Fiamma was Michael Whites first venture as a chef in NYC

Jul 23, 2014
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Alba Truffle Day(s) for Idiots

We arrive on October 24th, staying 12 km south of Alba. So we will have the following day or the next (Saturday or Sunday) to allocate for the Alba truffle fest, before continuing with the Allende-fest!
Any advice on how to best take advantage of our Alba day. Saturday (market day?) or Sunday? Should I book any of the special chef events that day? Do you spend the entire day? Would this be the exception to "better to eat outside of Alba" rule. TIA. Idiot

Jul 22, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Recommendations for after theater meal - W 50th & Broadway.

Danji

Jul 22, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Looking for AMAZING food trucks/stands/carts

Just go to Smorgasburg Dumbo for the truck/stand fix one day and get it over with ;)

You'd be missing out if you only concentrate on food trucks in NYC (not suggesting that thats your plan)

PS. Tried Jeni's the other day as well. It was ok ice cream, not nearly as good as Luca and Bosco I tried a few weeks ago which came with none of the hoopla. I do like Jenny's salty caramel sandwiches in Brooklyn Kitchen and its only $8!

Jul 22, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Chelsea Market recommendations

Adobada Tacos at Los Tacos #1
Pastrami Sandwich at Dickson's
Peppercorn Catfish at Num Pang
Uni Tagliatelle at Cull and Pistol
Lobster at Cull and Pistol (roll) or Lobster Place
Mighty Mushroom Roll at Beyond Sushi (super healthy but surprisingly tasty)
Nocciola delle Langhe at L'Arte del Gelato
Chocolate Chip Cookie with Caramel at Liddabit
Chirashi Bowl at Lobster Place (For anyone else interested -Still best chirashi I've had in NYC)

While googling I found this ;)
http://eatingwithziggy.com/2014/02/27...

Jul 22, 2014
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Alta, lately?

I wouldnt be so quick to dismiss Alta based on the responses so far. Have you checked the recent {gulp} Yelp reviews or food blogs. Chances are good if you go with their classics...

Bacon Wrapped Dates (without olives, just ask for dates. personal choice but olives with bacon just doesnt do it for me)
Goat Cheese with lavender
Brussels Sprouts

The gnocchi sounds good, spaghetti pepperoncini if I remember was simple but tasty. Lamb meatballs seem popular but dont believe I had it. The lamb tagine I would order in a minute. Perhaps Sam or anyone else can chime in on other items.

Talking about tagine, Bar Bolonat is another option. But much more limited menu

Jul 22, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Pick One

Thanks for the responses everyone!

We had a fun dinner at Hearth. No regrets whatsoever but I now know what you mean about it not being terribly exciting. Amazing wine list that requires a bit of studying ahead of times. Most dishes I felt were about $5-10 overpriced
For anyone that cares here's a quick rundown of what we tried

Ricotta Sformato - Very good mix of Roasted Broccoli, Pine Nuts, Cauliflower, Spigarello and ricotta. Really enjoyed this

Grilled Quail - Expertly cooked quail with rosemary, but what stole the show was the accompanying salad of Faro, Cucumber, Onions, Quail Egg, and very nice tomato preserves that tied everything together. I would order just that

Rigatoni with pork Ragu - Outstanding! Not your typical heavy ragu. Came with peas, ricotta and more rosemary, as if fellow Tuscan Cesare Casella of Salumeria Rosi came to visit

Spatchcock Spring Chicken ($62) - Good. Moist, juicy but after a few bites tasted like good ol' ordinary chicken. Not as flavorful or imaginative as all the great chickens we've enjoyed over the years (NoMad, Annisa, Louro, Scarpetta)

Veal and Ricotta meatballs - Absolutely delicious meatballs. But once you take out the Swiss Chard Cannelloni that comes along you are left with $10/meatball. Perhaps the priciest in NYC?

Gnocchi side - This was an excellent but your basic cheesy buttery pillowy gnocchi side dish. I remember reading all sorts of praise on their gnocchi and was wondering if there was something more elaborate that was taken out of the menu at some point but waitress said no, thats it.

Hen of the Woods side - Even though I'm the only one in my family that likes mushrooms I had to have this. Its such an ugly looking thing (impossible to take a nice pictures of), but has a distinct earthy taste.

Panna Cotta - Good. Could have used a little more berry compote

Jul 21, 2014
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Alta, lately?

Or try Cata, Alta's baby sister. Different setting (more casual rustic), arguably better food. Although its been a few years since I visited Alta. It turned me into Brussels Sprouts

Jul 21, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Intrepid

It's a nice Italian wine bar. Decent pizza, salads, spinach lasagna when the have (tho tiny).
But don't get me wrong there's plenty of sitting at Gotham west and there are burgers and chicken sandwiches there for the kids to enjoy.

Jul 20, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Intrepid

Gotham West Market is your best and closest option.
If you require more of a regular sit-down restaurant, one block away you have the Marshal. Other cheap options..
Hell's Chicken for Korean style fried chicken
Lali - great cheap Dominican. closes at 4

Jul 20, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

starving in Times Square....

+1 Szechuan Gourmet
Xi'an Famous Foods 45th 5/6
Mercato
Larb Ubol
Capizzi

Jul 20, 2014
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