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Alliseo Update (long)

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Alliseo Update (long)

Faren | Mar 2, 2003 02:42 PM

My husband and I had dinner at Alliseo's, the new Italian on vanderbilt, last night and so here's the latest report. This is a very small, tightly packed place but very pretty and warm feeling. The staff and owners are welcoming and as with the owner of Locanda Vini, the Chef/owner here is also a person with a strong personality. We liked him very much and had an extensive conversation with him about the wine and food and he is clearly a fanatic for quality. This is also a very Italian place and as such everything is essentialy a la carte. The focus is not pasta but remiscent of a classical central Italian Rosticceria the focus is meat, roasted and cured and the quality is very high. We started with the bruscetta, four generous peices two topped with mushrooms amd two with a tomatoe olives mixture - very tasty and filling. We also had figs marinated in red wine served with a variety of cheeses and melt in your mouth prosciutto. For i secondi my husband had the porchetta (roast, herbed pork)Very tasty with some nice crunchy skin. It is served room temperature which I liked - it would have dried out without a sauce if served hot and similar to a classic Rosticceria the focus is the meat itself. I had the mixed cured meat and cheese (I asked for the "stinky" cheese) again very high quality cheese and cured meats. There was also vegetable soup, stewed veal and a steamed calamari, salads- and all looked good. The wines are from abruzzo and something listed as Marche. Excellent but these are mid to high price. Also by the glass and carafe and more reasonable. We shared the apricot tart which like many central Italian tarts is almost cookie like and not excessively sweet. I enjoyed it, but son't expect french style or creamy. The coffee was excellent - they only have expresso but will make it macchiato if you ask. Last thing, they won't serve tap water - which took me back a bit because I don't do the NYC bottle water game - but they provide bottled water (flat or sparkling) free, so I can't complain. Without wine or tip it was close to $70.00 for two, but that can easily rise if you buy one of the more expensive bottles of wine. Cash only. We enjoyed it and will defintely return.

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