Thinking you would like to try out some different Italian meats besides salami or baloney? Try Salumeria Rosi, a 35-seat restaurant run by Tuscan chef Cesare Casella and Italian meat specialist Marco Rosi. This place in the Upper West Side is packed to the rafters with dried pasta, jarred sauces, and dangling hams sliced into salumi….the Italian answer to French charcuterie.
Salumeria Rossi has 17 varieties of artisanal meats cut onsite behind the deli case including prosciutto, sopressata, and mortadella. Reflecting the fact that Chef Casella runs his own wholesale bean business and often uses legumes as a staple, they serve an outstanding white-bean farro soup that’s perfect on a cold day. Traditional lasagna al forno is rich and meaty coated with a tasty gratinéed crust. Their signature insalata pontormo is a hot-cold medley of soft-scrambled eggs, pancetta and mixed peppery greens. If you’re not into meat, try their Stracotto con Polenta that’s like couscous in texture but creamier. All the food on the dinner menu is served tapas style, so you can experiment without impunity!
283 Amsterdam Ave between 73rd and 74th Sts (212-877-4800). Subway: 1, 2, 3 to 72nd St. Daily 11am-11pm. Average small plate: $7.
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