The Coco Pazzo post reminded me that I should post about my lunch at Centolire (Madison & 86th) this past Sunday. We wanted lunch in our neighborhood, and thought we'd try something new (especially after the hostess at Demarchelier practically threw a menu at my husband after he asked whether or not they served lunch as well as brunch).
So, we ate upstairs, which was about 2/3s full. Ordered a bottle of sparkling water and were brought two bread items - a scone like piece, which I did not try, and a slice of sweet zucchini bread, which was tasty, and in line with brunch, but didn't really go with the lunch we were going to be ordering. We started with ricotta spinich dumplings (strangled priests - don't remember the Italian word) in a lovely tomato basil sauce with parmesan. They were light and tasty - we split the pasta dish as an appetizer, as no real appetizers were available on their brunch menu.
As a main course, I had Veal Saltimbocca, which was chewy, and more like a tough pork than tender veal. It came with a baked potato filled with creamed spinach - my request at ordering to switch it for something else as I don't like creamed spinach was "oh, I'll need to check with the kitchen", upon which my husband, who loves creamed spinach, offered to take it and share the side to his entree. He had skirt steak with an arugula parmesan salad - he said it was so so. We had a light Sardinian red for $42, which I thought was a good value.
Service was good, as was the espresso. Bill was about $118 before tip. Not as expensive as I had expected. Unlikely to rush back there, if I do, we'll both be trying a different main course.
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