Sunday, October 31, 2010


Some friends came into town and I showed them around my neighborhood with pit stops at my favorite watering hole, Common Ground and a new tequila den Diablo Royale.  For sustenance, we dined at Gnocco, a small cute Italian place I've walked by dozens of times and have wanted to try. We walked in relatively early so the restaurant was pretty empty which is my favorite way to dine. Both the kitchen and wait staff are more attentive when there are less customers to tend to. The food was homey, fresh and really delicious. The lighting was pretty dim so my pictures aren't of the best quality. Wah.

Figs. Prosciutto. Yum,

I believe this was fresh buffalo mozzarella with cherry tomatoes.

Gnocco...the restaurant's namesake. Basically just fried airy dough eaten with various Italian cold cuts. My first time trying this unique specialty. I really liked it.

Tartufata. Fresh mozzarella, truffle sauce, mushrooms and Speck. Perfect thin crust pizza.

Home made tagliatella pasta with beef ragu and green peas. This was very hearty and flavorful. Very fitting for the crisp cold fall weather.

Dessert was good but unimpressive so I won't bother posting that. We did have some of course. No meal is complete without something sweet. :)

I really enjoyed this neighborhood gem. Great date place or for an intimate dinner with friends. I can't wait to go back.

Restaurants mentioned:
337 E. 10th St.
New York, NY 10009

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