Dear Manhattan Chowhounds:
This Saturday a group of 7 of us went to Trattoria Trecolori based on your recs for an inexpensive but good spot in the theatre district. Your advice was accurate and our meal and dining experience was excellent! Thank you!
Although the place was very busy, the service was hospitable and efficient. Even before we ordered, we felt comfortable. The Trattoria's mantra could be "No problem."
We showed up with one extra person than was in our reservation. "No problem."
Could we substitute pasta sides for the vegetable that came with the main course? "No problem."
Could one of us order as a main course Penne with Marinara Sauce even though it's not on the menu? "No problem."
We shared Mozzarella En Carrozza ($6.50) for a quick app, a nice version of the italian grilled cheese, served with marinara sauce.
In addition to the Penne w/Marinara, our entrees included Penne Primavera (veggies in pink sauce-$10.00), Linguine Della Casa (clams & shrimp-$14.00), Linguine Neri alla Monsignori ("black linguini" with sautéed shrimps, scallops, squid, clams, & mussels in marinara-$16.00), Lasagna ($12.00),Chicken Parmagiana ($12.00), and Veal Piccata ($16.00).
The black linguine dish was especially eye appealing because it looked like a platter of seaweed covered with shrimps and clams...cute. All the entrees were well portioned, hot and delicious. Very satisying.
For dessert, we shared Ricotta Cheesecake (a tad dry from what my fellow diners said), Apple Pie, and a Cannoli. Each one ran about $5.00 apiece. I only sampled a taste of the pie and it had nice flavor, the whipped cream was perfect, homemade and light! For beverages we had sodas and a couple of us had an espresso and cappucino.
I would much rather patronize a small place like Trattoria Trecolori that prepares honest, satisfying food, than the rip off chains and overpriced joints that abound in Times Square.
Sometimes you want fancy and complex and sometimes you want straightforward. Trattoria Trecolori is a nice example of straightforward.
Never would have found it without Chowhound, grazie!