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Lo Scalco - worth a visit

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Lo Scalco - worth a visit

enl | Apr 5, 2005 07:31 PM

Enjoyed a nice meal at Lo Scalco with my wife last evening. Most importantly the food was very good. We decided to go with the four course tasting menu, which was a pretty good value relative to the seemingly high a la carte prices. The only odd thing about the tasting menu was that we were required to each have the same first two courses (appetizer and pasta), while we were allowed to choose our own individual entrees and desserts. While not a huge problem, it certainly narrowed down the options for us – one of us does not eat meat. When we sat down, there was a lengthy period before we were recognized by anyone, then we were bombarded with menu, wine list and water at the same time. The waiter was back within 4 minutes to take our order, so we had to slow him down. The service needs to be ironed out. We ordered a bottle of wine that was not available and the sommelier recommended another option for us – it was excellent. Overall value on the wine list seemed average, with bottles ranging from $35 to $100+.
The menu is divided into eight categories, and under each category are an appetizer, pasta and an entrée. Categories include mushrooms, tomatoes, asparagus, veal, duck, etc. We had a scallop and mushroom salad appetizer – it was delicious, very fresh and tasted like a spring ceviche. For pasta course we had the three pasta tomato tasting – three different types of pasta with three different tomato sauces. Tortellini with red tomato sauce, angel hair with green tomato sauce and capers, and cavatelli with yellow tomato sauce and olives. Very unique, they all balanced each other, and the presentation was beautiful.
For entrees my wife had the orata, which was delicious – small piece of fish served with asparagus, spinach and potatoes (the waiter described it as prepared with an asparagus puree, but that was not the case). I had a veal shank with whipped potatoes, yellow beats, and broccoli rabe. The veal was off the bone and very tender.

Desserts were also delicious – my wife had a marscapone stuffed cookie (sort of like a cannoli) with wild blueberrie sorbet. It was fantastic. I had the chocolate torte with ice cream, which was also very good although not as original as our other choice. Overall this restaurant is likely to become more popular as the word get outs. The space is beautiful and the Italian authenticity is higher than average. The tasting menu is the way to go as it provides a good value relative to the a la carte pricing. On a final note, New York Magazine was there the night we dined taking pictures for an upcoming article (I suspect). Check it out soon.

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