went to a voce for dinner tonight based on the recommendations of this board. have to say, it was a great dining experience.
it's located right next to madison square park, one block up from tabla and almost next door to porcao on 26th between park and madison. the room is very nice, modern. one of the nicer features is that the chairs are swivel chairs. i felt like i was sitting in my office (too bad they didn't recline!). the host was very helpful and pleasant - we were seated immediately. our server was very good too, except when he presented us with the check, when it came back charged he said that he forgot to add my wine, but when i looked, he had charged me for two glasses instead of one. they fixed it but it took a little bit of time. the service overall was good although because everyone is wearing the same uniform (black pants, blue shirt), i couldnt tell who was our waiter and who was just helping him.
on to the food...
started with a glass of cointaneu (sp?) bordeux and gf had a sweet muscat. i loved the bordeux, very nice taste to it.
for appetizers, we shared the vegetable antipasta and the salad special. the vegetable antipasta comes with tuscan bean salad, two small but very tasty and soft mozzeralla, and eggplant capponata. the salad was greens with olives and blood oranges and a sweet vinagrette. it was nice and crisp and definitely meshed well with the antipasta. the mozzeralla was delicious, and i used crispy ciabatta to sop up the bean salad.
for mains, i had penne with lamb bolognese, sheepsmilk ricotta and mint and the gf had the meat raviolis. both were exceptional. the penne was homemade and perfectly cooked al dente. the bolognese is delicious, not too much different from a regular bolognese but very tasty and not lamb-y, which i dont always like. the only thing is i wish they had provided me with some more bread to sop up more sauce! the meat raviolis are also very tasty, the meat is good, it's in a nice red sauce. they are not flattened raviolis, they look more like a meat dumpling. excellent.
we were stuffed so we didnt eat dessert but we had coffee. i love when im presented with warm milk and that's exactly what i got for my coffee. very good.
for 2 appetizers, 2 wines, 2 pasta dishes, a cappucino and a coffee, tip and tax, it came to $123. a little expensive for a monday night dinner but definitely worth it. i will certainly go back, especially for the penne and to try the duck meatballs which ive heard so much about.