We thought NOODLE PUDDING would be the ideal place to celebrate the Italy Victory in the World Cup. Sunday night is much less crowded, and we only had a 20 minute wait.
The room is very pleasant and attractive and has a nice family neighborhood feel. Not too chic, not too hip, not everyone under 30 like so many other places.
The freshly baked loaf that was brought to the table was warm and fragrant and accompanied by a piquant spiked olive oil for dipping.
There were so many tempting things on the menu it was difficult to choose. We started with a Mixed Green Salad and Proscuitto and fresh Figs drizzled with Honey and sprinkled with Toasted Almonds. Very fresh and delicious. Excellent sweet and salty proscuitto made an excellent foil for the fresh very ripe green figs.
The main dishes were outstanding. Rabbit Braised with a mirepoix, tomatoes, and fresh herbs was meaty and flavorful. It was served with smashed potatoes. The Calves Liver alla Veneziana, a favorite of mine not often done well in restaurants, here was delicious. Thin slices of calves liver sauteed in white wine with onions was luscious, rich and winey served with golden triangles of pan fried polenta and spinach.
Desserts are reasonable priced at $5 and worth the splurge. The Chocolate Cake served with Hazelnut Gelato is good, although the gelato does not compare to VILLABATE. The Frozen Vin Santo Zabaglione was creamy and refreshing.
We will certainly be back soon. The only drawbacks are the no reservation policy which leads to very long waits, and the cash only policy which can be inconvenient.