Mozzarella & Vino, is right across the street from MoMA at 33 West 54th Street. What a gem, this charming bistro turned out to be. The decor is simple and upscale with an adorable sunny garden room in the back. The entire restaurant is pristine, so you know they will be meticulous with the food.
The restaurant starts you off with a glass of Prosecco that makes you feel that this meal will be special. The food was incredibly fresh and because of a meeting that had extended, there were three of us. We started out with calamari ($13) that both my guests stated was exceptional. Airy and crispy, not oily with a spicy tomato sauce to compliment the dish had the tabled ready to try the next dish. We enjoyed some classic Sicilian dishes like vegetarian caponata ($13) and wine which was savory and one of our favorite dishes. We clean the dish with the bread and oils, which are completely flavorful. The mozzarella is flown in fresh twice weekly and we tired it as rolls encasing eggplant and sundried tomato’s ($16). It melted sweetly in our mouths. We also tired the meatballs, which were good, but not exceptional.
For entree’s the ravioli of the day ($19) was our favorite. Homemade pasta stuffed with smoked mozzarella featuring a light sauce. I highly recommend this dish. Simple, yet perfect. The oven roasted veal brisket served with sautéed spinach ($28) was flavorful and tender wth a lovely hint of basil. Last, but not least “Lasagna al forno,” oven-baked lasagna of the day ($19), which was also done with smoked mozzarella, sausage and mushrooms. This heart dish was tasty and filling, though I wish they had left out the mushrooms, as they actually took away from the flavor.
Saving the best for last, for dessert we had the tiramisu, Dark chocolate almond cake with pistacchio gelato and the panna cotta with mixed fruit (all $12). The panna cote was out of this world divine and is worth the trip alone. If they had sold the pistacchio gelato in to go containers, I would have taken home a quart. It was homemade and was delectable.
A perfect cappuccino ended our meal, which then came with complimentary little homemade cookies.
If you are looking for the perfect place to have a business meeting or a meal to compliment MoMA or Radio City Music Hall, look no future the Mozzarella & Vino. It is sure to please with it’s style and homemade delights.