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Babbo NYC

Just back from dinner at Babbo, Mario Batali’s West Village Italian restaurant. Frank Bruni’s assessment of the menu as simple, indulgent, and gutsy is spot on (note I loved Frank Bruni’s reviews just not his book). Downstairs is a bit of scene, upstairs more relaxed. A rock n’roll soundtrack plays loudly at times throughout the restaurant. There is a reason Gina DePalma won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Pastry Chef and why the restaurant is always packed.

Amuse-bouche

Chickpea Bruschetta

Antipasti

Marinated Fresh Sardines with Carmelized Fennel and Lobster Oil

Primi

Goat Cheese Tortelloni with Dried Orange and Wild Fennel Pollen (a signature dish)

Secondi

Barbecued Squab with Roasted Beet “Farrotto” and Porcini Mustard

Dolci

Chocolate Hazelnut Cake with Orange Sauce (I hated to do this, but had to skip the Hazelnut Gelato)

One Response to “Babbo NYC”

  1. [...] DePalma is one of my favorite pastry chefs and Babbo NYC where she reigns is a an incredible way to spend an evening in the city. Her Citrus-Glazed Polenta [...]

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