NYC Obsessions continued...
Upscale Dining Uptown
The abundance of great Italian food in every neighborhood in New York is one of the many culinary blessings the city bestows upon the hungry and food obsessive. There is Locanda Verde in Tribeca, L’Artusi in the West Village, Il Buco Alimentari in the East Village and, of course, Babbo on Waverly Place. These restaurants are all amazing in a hip and fashionable downtown way. However, if I want to feel like I’ve just landed in Rome in my private jet, I go to Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante on the Upper East Side. It is not hip, it is chic and glamorous in a European way that makes one feel rich and thinner as well.
There are classic dishes like beef carpaccio with 24 month parmigiano, squid ink risotto, ossobucco, exquisite pastas and as divine a lasagna as has ever has been plated. There is also lighter fare, including a wonderful cauliflower steak secondi, perhaps a nod to the neighborhood ladies who lunch.
Another thing that sets Salumeria Rosi apart is their authentic selection of domestic and imported salumi. They house cure a number of prosciutto and salame at their more casual location, Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto on the Upper West Side--look for SR salumi on other restaurant menus as well, including Circo in midtown.
Do not think of skipping dolce just because you are with so many beautiful people. The pineapple panna cotta with rum raisin gelato is that rare confection that is as delicious as it is stunning. The wine list is staggering and they have terrific selection by the glass.
Owner-Chef Cesare Casella makes regular appearances at the Nantucket Wine Festival as well as in Food & WIne, Bon Appetit, No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, and so on.
An uptown lunch or dinner comes with an uptown price tag, but it is definitely cheaper than a private jet to Italy. Salumeria Rosi is always part of my big city dining plan.
Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto Il Ristorante
903 Madison Ave (betw 72nd & 73rd)