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‘Inoteca

 

One of my favorite Italian restaurants in Manhattan is ‘Inoteca. The food is delicious -every bit the Italian cuisine you would expect – and the wine list is every connoisseurs dream.‘Inoteca is located in the lower east side of Manhattan, on Rivington and the corner of Ludlow. Although I have been to their Gramercy location as well, I prefer the Lower East Side location of this restaurant due to it being in one of my favorite neighborhoods of Manhattan. Both locations have the same name.

 

There are many reasons why I love ‘Inoteca. The food is absolutely exquisite with the right herbs, spices, bread, cheeses etc…, the food is served tapas style – which I prefer because I love to try all my friends’ dishes – there is more than one location, service is great, and the prices are more than reasonable.

 

My recommendations are the grilled mushrooms with mozzarella and pesto panini; grilled calamari and apple salad; caponata di verdue bruschette; egg salad and asparagus tramezzini (sandwich) and suppli fritto (rice balls with cheese and thyme).

 

Yes, the menu is mostly in Italian. Lucky for me the last time I went to this eatery one of my friends was fluent in Italian; but no worries if you aren’t fluent in the language, the waiters are there to help you.

 

My love for mushrooms led me to devour the grilled mushrooms with mozzarella and pesto panini. I had this dish both times I came to this eatery, and it was just as scrumptious as I remembered it.

 

Grilled mushroom panini

 

The first time I came here we also ordered the beet salad, which I wasn’t too fond of, mainly because I don’t like beets and I am very picky about my salads. If you are a beet lover, my friends that accompanied me and enjoyed the salad said they would recommend it as well.

 

One of my other top recommendations is the calamari salad. The calamari was very fresh, mouthwatering, and an excellent addition to the traditional salad.

 

Calamari Salad (Photo by:www.insatiable-critic.com)

 

The wine list is extensive, and impressive. The first time I came to ‘Inoteca we ordered the Dolce di Creme, Villa Rinaldi. I am not a fan of red wine, but I did have a glass and it tasted very good. If you are a wine lover, they have an entire book to choose your wine (bottle or glass) and they proudly display their collection throughout the restaurant.

 

 

‘Inoteca has good prices for a Manhattan restaurant. Their prices accommodate small to medium sized portions, and the food is served tapas style. Their prices for large groups are relatively too. The fixed price menu starts at $34 pp. The first time I came here, it was a group of eight and we all ended up bringing home left overs; there was more than enough food to go around and it was at an unbeatable price.

 

‘Inoteca is for everyone – the girl’s night out, the family dinner, a quiet date; it appeals to all crowds which makes ‘Inoteca one of my top picks.

 

‘Inoteca

98 Rivington Street (at Ludlow)

New York, NY 10002

212-614-0473

www.inotecanyc.com

Posted by: / June 16, 2010

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