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ZA ZA- East 60's Italian


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ZA ZA- East 60's Italian

antvic69 | Jul 29, 2002 09:34 AM

A new neighborhood Italian joint has opened in the East 60's. Za Za. What a weclome place for the neighborhood. Yes, there are many decent Italians in the area. This place definitely stands out. It's very small, maybe contains 10 tables. The waiters are very friendly. The entire front of the restaurant is open. The inside is decorated with frescoes on the walls. As the night wears on, the lights dim a little and candles lend a nice glow to the room. Now for the food. I've gone twice so far. Their salads are simple and fantastic. The tropical salad was great. Arugula, tomato, avocado, hearts of palm, and shaved parmagiano reggiano. I've tried the penne with meat ragu. In my opinion, it is the best in the city. Better than at Babbo, which I love also. The homemade tagliolini with fresh tomato sauce was also spectacular. They also make a chicken and artichoke dish that is out of this world. I was a little reluctant at first to try the Branzino with fennel, but let me tell you, it was a great combination. The fennel was braised enough to lose it's potency, and added a nice little crunch along with the pine nuts. The branzino itself was lightly dusted with flour and sauteed perfectly. All in all, this place is a standout in the neighborhood. I told one of the owners he needs to get listed on citysearch, and he told me he is in the process of doing it. In the meantime, they do have a website- I highly recommend this new place!

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