Roman Adventure Stateside…NYC Restaurant Review

Roman holiday.

Secured the coveted reservation at Roscioli, the much anticipated arrival of the very popular and regaled  Roman restaurant.

Its a charming place in SoHo with an a la carte dining room upstairs surrounded by seductive and appealing Italian products.

Roscioli prides itself on stocking preserved vegetables, olive oils, cheeses, condiments and cured meats from small producers. The New York outpost carries both imported and local products, pared down from the hundreds of choices in Rome.

Head’s up…after dining downstairs I would advise you to only try the a la carte upstairs offerings.

Downstairs, in a cozy room, is the location of the $105 set menu.

You are in need of a cocktail after maneuvering the very steep stairs.

Once ensconced in the dimly lite, intimate space the meal kicked off with a lovely Vermouth and soda cocktail.

The four course meal with wine pairings is heavy on the carbs and honestly a strange combination of food.

The first course featured a delicious smooth and creamy Burrata with semi-dried Puglian tomatoes and Panzanella (bread salad). The bread was not fabulous.

The second course was a dollop of Risotto and a Mezze Maniche Carbonara which was very tasty.

Each course is accompanied by a wine pairing. We loved the Nebbiolo Langhe Starda 2021 from Piedmont.

Unfortunately, we opted for an addition course which was a fresh Tuna Crudo. I found it fishy. My husband enjoyed ($28).

The main was a mediocre Meatball on a bed of polenta with a pomodoro sauce.

The Reggiano Parmagiano palate cleanser course was very good.

Dessert was indicative of life…a lousy cannoli and a fabulous tiramisu. Nothing is perfectly balanced.

The wines were all pleasing as was the service.

The room was warm and the most uncomfortable tables and banquettes. The wine lounge looked more pleasing.

It was a birthday celebration and we did have a wonderful evening. Unfortunately, the meal did not live up to the hype and anticipation.

To be honest, if you desire a Roscioli experience head to Rome.

The NYC fixed price menu version is a bad Canal Street fake.

Roscioli 43 MacDougal Street SoHo. Open Monday-Saturday 6-11:30pm. Reservations on Resy.

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