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Gradisca - great surprise

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Gradisca - great surprise

Lau | May 24, 2008 06:13 PM

We stopped in tonight to check it out, it's just a block away from my apt and I never really noticed it until I read a good review about it the other day. It's a cool little place, kind of dark with some exposed brick, feels fairly intimate and we both liked the decor. The service was good and attentive, but felt fairly relaxed. We spent about $35 / person for 2 entrees and dessert.

The most important thing was that the food was very good, definitely much better than most italian restaurants i've been to NY. Presentation was kept simple, which I like and the execution was excellent.

Here's what we got:
- Maltaglianti di Pasta Fresca in Crema di Tartufo Nero - Handmade “badly cut” egg pasta in a black truffle cream sauce...this is what i got and it was very good. The pasta itself was cooked perfectly al dente and had the great semi chewy consistency and flavor that good handmade pasta has. The sauce had a really great mushroom / truffle flavor to it and was not overly creamy. The only knock on the dish was that the sauce was slightly too salty, but nonetheless it was very good
- Gnocchetti Di Ricotta Fresca Di Bufala E Spinaci Con Fonduta Al Gorgonzola Dolce, Pere Winter Nellis E Noci - Homemade buffalo ricotta and spinach dumplings with sweet gorgonzola dop cheese fondue, Winter Nellis pears and English walnuts. This was excellent as well, the little gnocchetti were delicious, very soft and just tasted great. The sauce was a very light creme sauce that was not overly salty or creamy.
- Gelato - we got three flavors, they make their own gelato and its really very good. We had cantelope, pistachio and one other that i forgot but it kind of tasted like egg nog.

All in great meal, cool place, good service. Highly recommend going.

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