Had one final meal out for this weekend of excess. Went to the Risotto place on Bleecker. Everything seemed very authenticly presented. The music was Italian pop and the staff seemed to take it all very seriously. The menu had a little historical background of Risotto,it's geographic origins, and detailed descriptions of each type of rice.
Hard to choose with over 40 combo options. Some a lot more elaborate than others(they even had a simple herb version). I had the carnarolia(sp?) with lamb shank, spinach and gorgonzola. It was creamy as expected and a ton of buttery flavor with the broth, oil, butter, and cheese melding together nicely with the lamb.
The Chinoto I drank was the perfect complement to the flavor. It's got to be the most "adult" soda I've ever had. Tasting almost like the bottom of a scotch and coke but in a good way.
My wife got a roasted chicken, risotto with olive and roasted red peppers. The chicken was perfect and moist but the pepper flavor overwhelmed the whole dish. My inlaws seemed confused with the concept of the generously portioned panini they ordered.
Grilled cheese is more their thing and they meat kind of complicated matters. The sandwiches looked great though.