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Wine Mark up

Brunello, Barolo, Barbaresco Reserva are normally quite pricey. Where can I find any of these for $13.

On the other hand, I found the prices at Crispo the other day quite affordable in comparison

about 14 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Tuscany Restaurants- specific questions.

Cant help much with the asterisks, but personally I wouldnt miss Guastini in the village of Valiano for dinner. Looks about 30 mins from you. After eating a few bistecas it was the Tagliata here that won us over

http://eatingwithziggy.com/2013/09/10...

Da Roberto for sure. In Montepulciano I can highly recommend Gattavecchi. If you are planning on Sant’Antimo abbey, Il Pozzo in the magical San Angelo in Colle is a good bet

about 16 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Italy

(long) Florence Trip Report

Fantastic report btw. Sostanza, Da Ruggero, I started day dreaming there for a sec. Da Ruggero is one of those places where I remember details I normally would forget by now. From the tattooed waiter to the Spaghetti Carrettiera and the pork chop with beans, to the family that was sitting behind us and the couples on both side. It was Sunday lunch as well, with no tourist in sight. A 15 minute walk from Pitti Palace

about 18 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Italy

(long) Florence Trip Report

I wonder if it has something to do with the fact that its not really there. Meaning, its not in the spot where Google claims it to be, but much closer to Porta Romana. So someone perhaps may have tipped Zagat that its not there. According to Z... "This place has closed or relocated". I remember last year before our meal there I spent a few good minutes looking for it on Street View

about 18 hours ago
Ziggy41 in Italy

Florence & Rome in September

I sent you a tweet

1 day ago
Ziggy41 in Italy

Trip report: Milan; Piemonte; Emilia Romagna

Lovely start. Looking forward to the rest

Sep 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Help us decide on an Italian restaurant for early December girls trip...

I'm no Foodwhisperer either (although I do want to be when I grow up) but I second the Cappelletti, and I first the Stracci, Prosciutto and Mortadella Meatballs, and the best Calamari west of wherever the best Calamari is located

Sep 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Restaurant with Good Ambiance around 35th

Mercato. Solid food, not much decor but waiters have thick Italian accents!

Sep 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Florence & Rome in September

Marta - So far so good. Its like a cross between Da Remo and Staten Island pizza
I'm planning to go back tomorrow for lunch. You welcome to join me if you are free. Would love to thank you personally for the Rome help ;)

Sep 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Florence & Rome in September

Jen, Maureen, Vinoroma, others, curious what you think of Nick Anderer's list...

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/fathom/...

Nick is the chef at Maialino in NYC and while meeting him at a Bonci/Parla event (and Marta the other day) we briefly discussed his picks while I was embarrassed in a way to say that I saw it before but havent followed any of it.

For my last trip I used TheRomeDigest for the most part and got the blisters and great memories to prove it.
Thank you Rome Digest people

http://eatingwithziggy.com/ ;)

Sep 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Pre-Theater Lunch Saturday 10/4

Did someone mention The Marshal? I third it. Get the bread ;)

Poulette is great, but more of a take out, fast food kind. Could work for mom. So is the Hummus Kitchen.

Don Antonio for pizza is another option

Sep 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

cafe du monde/coffee with chicory

Donna Bell's Bake Shop in Hell's Kitchen offers CDM coffee

Sep 18, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs

Marta - When in NYC, do as...

Adding more pictures and blog post link (more details, more better English, and more Rabbi jokes. I was planning to write about Crispo today but this is better)

http://eatingwithziggy.com/2014/09/16...

Sep 16, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Marta - When in NYC, do as...

Rabbi Anderer is of the ultra reformed kind. All ingredients are allowed as long as they are of high quality

He picks up the pies and inspects the bottom to make sure it's nice and crip and he can see his face through it, or something like that.

I might as well answer everyone here

The pie wasn't soggy at all. It held its own nicely. I actually find some doughy pies like at Co. To be more soggy in the center than thin ones done well, after you add a bunch of ingredients on them

I also sat at the bar and watched the show. My pie was cracker like crisp at the edges (breaks easily when folded) and fairly crispy throughout.

Sep 16, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Marta - When in NYC, do as...

Roman Matzoh thin pizza made it to NYC. Danny Meyer and Nick Anderer's latest opened 5 days ago in the Martha Washington hotel. Nick is there mopping the floor and inspecting every pie coming out to make sure its Kosher. The pizza is as thin as what you find in a typical Pizzerie in Rome (Not the daytime slice joints, the evening stuff)

Started with a pair of aromatic fried pasta balls with tasty pecorino tomato sauce

I broke my own rule and started with something other than Margherita. This is the Salsiccia - Mozzarella, Tomato, Pork Sausage, Crimini Mushrooms. Very good! With Roman pies I found out that less is more and this was simple enough with good flavor. Though I still want to try the Margherita next

Looking forward to come back for the rest of the lineup, especially the non-pizza items

Sep 16, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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Piemonte 2014 and some links to previous years

Does anyone know Osteria Veglio's Email? Assuming they have one

Sep 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Nargis Cafe - Uzbek With an Attitude

Its very common with those Eastern European places in the area to add 10% service charge. You just add another 10% and that should do it

Sep 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs

Nargis Cafe - Uzbek With an Attitude

Yes, plus the filling includes more chicken (thats the alien looking thingies you see inside). So its like a chicken Samsa with the added bonus of a drumstick. About 2 or 3 times the size of a regular samsa

Sep 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs

Al Di La - Whats Good These Days

It was a mixed bag. Only one couple of the 5 said they would like to come back. Some called me prior with concerns that there's nothing on the menu "they like" (translation: nothing familiar) so I had to translate the menu for them. Some dont eat pork, some dont eat seafood, some dont eat raw, and some dont eat all of the above. Some were concerned about the "Grade Pending". It was akin to going to a Vasectomy consultation.

As to the food, some complained about the size of some dishes, "Geno's does it better", "A little salty" to which I replied, "Is that a bad thing". Most of them took advantage of the specials. A risotto, fish, and a Paccheri with ragu which was on the small side, more of an app. But if it would have been covered with red sauce, they would have raved about it more perhaps

Sep 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs

Piemonte 2014 and some links to previous years

We still have more than a month to go. I better start making reservations. Havent even started looking into the Parma and Bologna legs due to time constraints.

Sep 15, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

Piemonte 2014 and some links to previous years

Once again, you are spoiling us Allende.
Sorry to hear about the poor vintage year however

Sep 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Italy

2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

Oh its off the bone alright. 2 hefty bones with plenty of meat. So far the few dishes I had here were good, but the menu is way too big and includes all the mainstream stuff

https://twitter.com/Ziggy601/status/5...

Sep 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan
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2 Burn-Your-Face-Off Spicy Dinners?

I've had some fairly spicy dishes in Larb Ubol. Any more than that and its borderline eatable

Another one in the area that can deliver some heat is Pam Real. The oxtail soup I had last week is something I still talk about, with random strangers sometimes, and my nose gets runny just of the thought

Sep 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best Lobster Linguine in NYC

Carbone makes one, but much more elaborate and $$$$

Sep 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best Lobster Linguine in NYC

Are you looking for Lobster Fra Diavolo specifically? I know a very nice place only 3 hours away (turks and caicos) that does a great one.

All'onda does a good lobster risotto

Sep 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Balvanera (LES)

Good stuff ipsedixit. Its very new looks like, and I like the name. Rolls pleasantly off the tongue

Sep 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Al Di La - Whats Good These Days

Success, and Mazel tov!

Bread was warm, popular and set the tone nicely. Great free bread and butter is a lost art these days

Seppia and oxtail - Very good. Nice and creamy polenta, pleasant heat, oxtail wasnt very apparent but the dish worked. I haven't seen this anywhere I dont think including Italy (multiple trip)

Mulfatti - Enjoyed this as well. Very nice flavors.

Farro salad - Good, zesty, summery light

Mussels - Very popular with the group. The few I tried were very good

Spaghetti Neri Alla Chitarra - Couldn't pass on Spaghetti with Octopus. Very simple with tomato, basil and chili, and just enough pieces of tender octopus (ok, could have used more). Speghetti was fresh, made with a guitar like instrument, hence Chitarra (in case some of you dont know ;))

Rabbit - Big hit with some including my wife. Falling off the bone tender. The brilliant plan for me was to share the Neri and rabbit with the wife but she changed her mind after trying mine. Need to have a talk with her this morning to remind her who's picking all these places!

Affogato was one of the better if not best Affogatos I had in NY even without any use of liquor. Something All'onda (from last month) ought to try

Washed it all down very slowly with a fine 2009 Barbera (gearing up for my Piedmont trip next month. Show off!). Overall, nothing mind blowing, nothing bad, pleasant if not a little nerve wrecking evening. Choosing a nice restaurant for 12 picky eaters requires a college course.

An what is the tipping protocol these days for when your waiter leaves midway to drive his wife to the hospital for their first baby?!?

Thanks for the tips

Sep 14, 2014
Ziggy41 in Outer Boroughs
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Nargis Cafe - Uzbek With an Attitude

This Uzbek near Brighton Beach is slowly becoming a regular for us.. again. I used to dislike it because of the low comfort level and how quickly the dishes came out, but after trying all the rest, I'm back in a big way. My undisputed favorite right now among all the "Russians" in the area.

You got all the usual Russian/Uzbek goodies here, and pretty much everything is cooked well. Nice little cuminy Pilmeni (Russian dumplings), fried potatoes with mushrooms, great great Monti, Samsa (I'm taking a little pause to smell my monti infused fingers). They are known for their Uzbek Plov with chickpeas and plenty of fresh scallions. Terrific Tashkent Salad (meat, shredded radish, eggs, fried onions). Tonight they had a Samsa special, a hefty Chicken Samsa surrounding a drumstick, like a Samsa lollipop. The kebabs here redefine tenderness and juiciness. Chicken, lamb, veal, Lulya kebabs all quite good.

This is a very popular spot and its best to come with a group. Check it out

NYC Italian for non-meat eaters

Maialino if I would have to choose. You'll be a bit more comfortable there than Scarpetta, and the food to me at least is more exciting.

Sep 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan

Best dinner in the city for under $100 pp

Pooki,

The Strozzapreti at Lincoln is the genius, wet dreams variety. The pasta is made with lobster coral, and tossed with tarragon, peas, lobster and something even more delicious than lobster, sausages made with lobster and scallops which is like the tastiest chicken skin you will ever have

http://eatingwithziggy.files.wordpres...

Sep 12, 2014
Ziggy41 in Manhattan