Emporio

www.emporiony.com          231 Mott St, Mew York, NY 10012

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Me & Undercover Cutie Patroller Nam Vo

Emlorio is cute Italian restaurant located on Mott St ( between Prince St & Spring St ) in my neighborhood Nolita. My neighborhood offer so many choice of great Italian restaurants, Peasant, Pulino’s, Fiat Cafe, Apizz, L’asso, Torrisi Italian Specialties, Bread, Sauce….and many more. Some of places I don’t often visit as I should so here I am returned to Emporio tonight for friend’s birthday and I had great food & vino once again (^_^) Yay

Ps- my favorite dishes are Montauk Diver Scallops olive oil smashed sunchokes, Hen of the Wood mushrooms, cured guanciale $24. Chichen Liver Pate vin santo gelée, plum marmalade, grilled bread $8. Roasted mushroom & sunchoke salad with fontina fondue, hazelnuts $12. Ricotta Gnocchi Chestnut flavored Yukon gold potato and ricotta gnocchi, wild mushrooms, artichoke ragù $17

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Chicken Liver Paté vin santo gelée, plum marmalade, grilled bread $8 ♥♥♥ 

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Montauk Diver Scallops olive oil smashed sunchokes, Hen of the Wood mushrooms, cured guanciale $24♥♥♥

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Roasted Beets horseradish yogurt, citrus, pistachios $ 10 ♥♥♥

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Roasted mushroom & sunchoke salad with fontina fondue, hazelnuts $12♥♥♥

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Charred Octopus fingerling potato salad, salsa verde $14 ♥♥♥

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 peck mushroom, black truffle, stracchino cheese $18 ♥♥♥

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Painted Hill Farm Grass Fed Bavette Steak rosemary potato, broccoli rabe, sweet garlic emulsion $26 ♥♥♥1/2 

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Ricotta Gnocchi – Chestnut flavored Yukon gold potato and ricotta gnocchi, wild mushrooms, artichoke ragù $17 ♥♥♥♥♥

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Wild Striped Bass – Leeks puree, crispy Brussels sprouts, Umbrian lentils $26 ♥♥♥1/2

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Pappardelle Ragù hand cut spinach pasta with traditional bolognese “sugo” $17♥♥♥

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Mussel in Tomato-Basil  ♥♥♥ 

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Broccoli Rabe & Sausage Pizza  fior di latte mozzarella, pecorino, hot pepper $16 ♥♥♥ PS- we requested as gluten free…… 

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Happy Birthday Christina Flourless Hazelnut & Bittersweet Chocolate Cake (GF) salted caramel ice cream and caramel sauce $8♥♥♥

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Icelandic Cod Fish umbrian cannelini beans, artichokes, meyer lemon $25

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Painted Hill Farm Grass Fed Bavette Steak roasted sunchokes, trevisano radicchio, pecorino romano $26

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Crystal Valley Farm Half Chicken Under A Brick stuffed with mushrooms, truffle and mascarpone, hand cut parmesan truffle fries $23

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Charred Octopus hazelnut romesco, beluga lentils, oven dried tomato, olives gremolata $14

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Motorino

www.motorinopizza.com – 349 East 12th Street ( btwn 1st Ave & 2nd Ave )


I like pizza sometimes…but I’m not a die hard fan of pizza and I find it’s also very hard to critique pizza. Everybody is a critic when it comes to pizza. Personally I like very thin & crisp dough. But Motorino pizza is an exception. Their dough is so puffy, moist, gooey, chewy, crisp and lightly charred on the outside but tender and cooked through on the inside. Normally it’s not my style of pizza but this is really good & special Neopolitan-style pizza. I happened to see it in an episode of my favorite food show “Best Thing I Ever Ate” on the Food Network . Mario Batali had told Rachael Ray she must eat Motorino pizza, so of course I had to patrol! Thank God the second Motorino opened near me in the East Village (the Williamsburg location in Brooklyn is the original ). In case you didn’t know, Cutie Patroller doesn’t have a car to patrol in so she doesn’t cross the bridge often..teehee 😉 Motorino’s menu is super simple, small, and straight up just pizza! They do have a few appetizers & salads on the menu. I ordered Octopus Salad which was very light & very good. My pick out of the pizza menu was a Stone Clam Pizza which I have never had before. Tip : Just squeeze lemon all over the pizza and it makes it very refreshing and delightful. If you are a first timer or pizza purist, absolutely order the Margherita. They are known for it, but I like my tastebuds to try new things. The space is small and cute and really busy; they don’t take reservations but go and put your name on the list and they will call you when ready.

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Cremini & Spicy Sausage

mozzarella, garlic, thyme, pecorino $17 – ♥♥

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Spicy Octopus & Potato

fingerling potato, celery, chili oil, capers, red onion $14 – ♥♥♥ 

 

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Cherry Stone Clams

mozzarella, garlic, parsley butter, olive oil $ 17 – ♥♥


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L’asso

lassonyc.com  192 Mott St, New York 10012 (At Kenmare St)

L’asso PIZZA.  It’s my favorite pizza in NYC. L’asso is super casual and cozy. Not necessarily super cutie deco style,  but the crowd definetely makes this place cuter. The popular pizza here is the Margherita D.O.C but my top choice is San Daniele and Tartufo.  With a super thin crust truffle oil used for many of their dishes, who can say No to that !!! Don’t forget to order their wonderful salads.. they are all great and perfect to share. If you are in the mood for pasta I recommend Linguini Mare and Spaghetti Aglio Olio & Peperoncino.  The many wine choices and beer selection is affordably priced also. Happy hour is $6 for 2 slices and a beer!!!

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29″inch pizze – Tartufo portobello pesto, mushrooms, mozzarella (smoked or regular), rosemary & truffle oil / San Daniele tomato sauce, mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto, parmesan & extra virgin olive oil $27 – ♥♥♥♥♥    

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San Daniele tomato sauce, mozzarella, arugula, prosciutto & parmesan ♥♥♥ ♥♥   

 

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Atlantica mixed greens, shrimp, cherry tomatoes & almonds $13 – ♥♥♥

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Spaghetti Aglio Olio & Peperoncino fresh garlic, crushed red peppers & extra virgin olive oil $10 – ♥♥♥1/2  

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Supreme tomato sauce, mozzarella, sausage, onions & mushrooms, grated ricotta salata – ♥♥♥1/2  

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Dante tomato sauce, mozzarella, spicy capocollo, peppers, basil & extra virgin olive oil – ♥♥♥1/2

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Arugula arugula, pear, pancetta (pork!), candied walnuts, ricotta salata, white wine vinegar & honey drizzle $15 – ♥♥♥1/2

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Collina mixed greens, grilled chicken, pear, parmesan & truffle oil $15 – ♥♥♥1/2

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Pulino’s Bar & Pizzeria

www.pulinosny.com   282 Bowery, (At Houston St) New York 10012

Pravda and Balthazar in SoHo. Pastis packed in the Meatpacking District, Schiller’s nestled in the Lower East Side, Morandi and Minetta Tavern classically posted in the West Village and now Keith McNally opens Pulino on Bowery Street.. 2 blocks from my shop Cutie Room! A big open kitchen with two gas and wood-fired ovens; one which is just for pizza. This Italian pizza joint evokes Schiller’s and Pastis in their deco and vibe.  Their unique menu has breakfast pizza (ie: Salsiccia Pizza with eggs, bacon, crumbled sausage, and white Cheddar) and they serve it till 2 pm in afternoon – yay! Surprisingly my favorite food is not their famous pizza – what I heart is their house made Chicken Liver Mousse. It’s the best !! And also their baked Ziti & Meatballs is sooo comforting.  Recently,  Chef Nate Appleman hailing from San Francisco has left as the head chef and is replaced by Tony Liu, who was once a chef at Morandi. The good and bad thing is that the place is super loud and full of energy, while the tables are spaced very close together. It’s a great place to eat, see, and be seen depending on your mood. Definitly entertaining to bring guests visiting New York since it is situated on a prime corner of Houston St bordering Soho.

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Chicken Liver Mousse with bacon jam & fettunta $13 – ♥♥♥♥

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Salsiccia sausage, tomato, red onion, green olives, basil, chiles, mozzarella & pecorino $18 ♥♥♥1/2    

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Fried Shrimp  Prosciutto Di Parma, Ricotta Scorza Nera   $15 – ♥♥♥♥  

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Baked Ziti & Meatballs with mozzarella, tomato sauce & ricotta $18 – ♥♥♥♥ 

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Oven Roasted Octopus with potato, celery & olives $14 – ♥♥♥ 

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Whole Artichoke with aioli with lemon $15 ♥♥♥

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Quattro Formaggi Pizze mozzarella, grana, fontina, gorgonzola, red onion $15 ♥♥♥1/2

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Pappardelle withbeef cheek & kale ♥♥♥1/2

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Roasted Squash & Mushroom Salad with watercress, smoked pecorino, hazelnuts & banyuls vinaigrette $13 ♥♥♥1/2

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Skate polenta dusted skate with broccoli and red chile $18 ♥♥♥1/2

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Eggplant Prmigiana tomato sauce, mozzarella, grana, fettunta $12 ♥♥♥1/2

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Fluke crudo with watermelon & dill $15 

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Prosciutto & Arugula Pizze – prosciutto, arugula, mozzarella, pecorino & garlic $20 ♥♥♥1/2

 

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