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Ferdinando's Focacceria


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Ferdinando's Focacceria

prunefeet | | Aug 26, 2006 09:37 PM

My husb and I had a delicious lunch today at Ferdinando's, and as I don't see any recent posts on this little gem, I thought I ought to bring it up. First of all, Ferdinando's has been open since 1902! I know that's not a guarantee of good food, but it does lend to the atmosphere. It's a small place, and the menu leans toward specialized sandwiches, like the panelle (but they do have other stuff, like some interesting sounding pastas), which is a chickpea flour patty, fried, and if you order the special, it's served on a bun with fresh ricotta on top. The bread here is baked on premises, and has a nice crispness and fresh flavor. Today I had an arancina (rice ball) special, which is a large rice ball, stuffed with ground meat and peas, topped with their nice tomato sauce, ricotta and shredded cheese. WOW! I so enjoyed this. First a disclaimer, I have never, to my shame, had a rice ball before, so I can't compare. But this was really tasty, the filling was as well, and the addition of the sauce and cheeses put it right over the top in a good way. I love their sauce, it's not thick, but smooth and flavorful. I almost wonder if there is a little butter in it. My husband had a veal parm, which he was jonesing for, and said it was very good (I don't do veal so I didn't try it), but let's not get into that) looked good, again on their homemade bread (you can get roll or hero), with the same sauce and plenty of gooey cheese. The hero size is really big. I had a manhattan special, which is coffee mixed with club soda, really nice, sweet but not overly so. Anyway, the arancina special, veal parm hero, a side of broc raab (also good), a manhattan special, a becks came to $28. Also a couple of rolls and olive oil for dipping (my only complaint, the olive oil was too mild for dipping, pretty flavorless). I think this is a lovely old joint, and I highly recommend it.

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