The newest darling of the bourgeoning Upper West Side food scene is Salumeria Rosi, which combines a storefront selling Italian delicacies (including a variety of salumi…) with a small restaurant serving up Italian tapas. NYC has its fair share of Italian tapas spots, but Salumeria Rosi is a wonderful addition to this (overdone?) trend.
We went to Salumeria Rosi with our friends Mike and Caroline. If you can snag a reservation for four, that’s the way to go because you can sample more dishes (the dishes are small, but four people can reasonably split each dish).
Highlights of the meal included:
- Lasagna – pork and beef ragu and béchamel sauce
- Torta di Porri – savory tart of leeks, pancetta and Parmigiano
- Insalata pontormo – Cesare’s signature salad of soft-scrambled egg, pancetta and market greens
- Risotto di zucca – risotto with sweet butternut squash
- Salumi – we tried the Milanese (speckled, lean salame; my favorite), bresaola (air-dried, salted beef) and prosciutto di Parma
Things I would skip next time (and there will be a next time):
- Cicerchie crostini – wild chickpea puree with dandelion greens (I had high hopes for this dish, but it missed the mark)
- Rucola e Parmigiano – arugula, lemon and shaved Parmigiano (perfectly good, but why bother when there are so many more exciting options)
- Costina – spicy Tuscan spare ribs, slow-cooked with tomatoes, rosemary and garlic (good flavor, but difficult to eat and to share)
- Formaggi – go to Casellula if you want a good cheese plate
A few gripes….we had to wait quite a while (30 minutes?) for our reserved table and the “courses” came out in very rapid succession. My other frustration is that Salumeria Rosi does not take walk ins – for a casual spot with casual prices, this is a shame. But those gripes pale in comparison to the quality of our meal, particularly given the extremely reasonable price tag. We spent $60/person for plenty of food, two glasses of wine (the glasses of wine were well priced and good), dessert (get the ricotta cheesecake!) and coffee.
There are no pictures to remember this delicious meal by as my camera fell off my chair at the outset of the meal and the lens cap got jammed (it’s fixed now!). Next time…