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Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante

A must in NYC

Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante
Pineapple Panna Cotta Il Ristorante
Cesare Casella

I love NYC.  I am a wannabe Newyorker and if I could live there for four months a year, I would, but, alas, that is not how my life is set up these days.  So, as I face my final visit to NYC until September (my fourth trip this year), I have enormous anxiety over just how to spend my time...
What I am going to do/see/eat in this brief visit?

In that process, I have narrowed down my “musts” and here is one of them.

Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante

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 and hip in a fashionable downtown way...

However, if I want to feel like I’ve just landed in Rome in my own private jet, I go to Salumeria Rosi Il Ristorante on the Upper East Side.  It is not merely hip, it is chic and glamorous in a European way that makes one feel rich and thinner as well. 

There are classic dishes such as beef carpaccio with 24 month Parmigiano Reggiano, porcini 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, La Salumeria on the Upper West Side and the rest come from their salumeria in Parma.  You will see SR salumi on other restaurant menus as well, including Osteria del Circo in midtown.  And I sure do love porchetta...

Do not even 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....Absolutely wonderful.  The wine list is staggering and they have terrific selection by the glass, including a lovely Franciacorta rosé by Contadi Castaldi.

Owner-Chef Cesare Casella is Dean of Italian Studies at the International Culinary Center and makes regular appearances on TV and in major publications, eg. Food & Wine, Bon Appetit, No Reservations with Anthony Bourdain, and so on.  We are fortunate to have him on Nantucket again this May for his fourth annual Nantucket Wine Festival appearance.  Look for him in his chef coat with a fist-full of rosemary in his chest pocket;)

An uptown lunch or dinner comes with an uptown price tag, but it is definitely cheaper than a private jet to Italy.  For all of the above reasons, Salumeria Rosi is always part of my big city dining plan.

Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto “Il Ristorante”
903 Madison Ave (betw 72nd & 73rd)
(Il Ristorante is for the haute cuisine experience described above)

Salumeria Rosi Parmacotto “La Salumeria”
283 Amsterdam Ave (betw 73rd & 74th)

(The more casual version of Chef Casella’s fare)