I love the products from Flour City Pasta (here's what I did for my last meal with their pasta.) I find that flavored pastas have a way of really sprucing up a standard meal. I recently tried their Wild Mushroom Fettuccine and instead of using a sauce, I sauteed maitake mushrooms in a little olive oil and balsamic vinaigrette. Topped with cheese, dinner was a success!
RUSSO MOZZARELLA & PASTA . 344 E.11th St. (between 2nd Ave & 1st Ave)
This tiny, wonderful little shop sells a variety of fresh pasta, cured meats, cheese and antipasto. I love nibbling on prosciutto, spicy soppressata and olives! This time I tried their artichoke and mushroom antipasto which paired perfectly.
This American Gastropub is a great destination to enjoy dinner or a drink with friends. The interior is rustic and industrial with lots of natural wood and steel. They offer an extensive list of 40 craft beers on tap (can't go wrong with that!) as well as bottled beers and wine.
This bottle of Japanese Green Tea IPA is a combination of two things I love! A collaboration brew by Stone Brewing Company, it started out bitter and finished with the subtle taste of green tea.
The Bowl of Pickles ($5) are from The Pickle Guys located in the LES. They were crunchy and not super salty, a fun appetizer.
The Spitzer's Kobe Sliders ($15) was a let down. The meat in these two bite mini kobe burgers were dry and a little hard to eat because of their height once the bun was stacked on top. Their only savior was the bacon!
The highlight of the meal! Truffle Mac & Cheese ($11), the dish that has hooked onto me and won't ever let go. A mouthwatering combination of parmigiano reggiano, white cheddar, fontina, truffle oil, panko, rosemary and thyme - it doesn't get better than that! I'm trying not to run out of the house right now for more.
The Mac & Cheese is a tough act to follow but the Housemade Meatballs ($11) held their own. These large meatballs were covered with melted cheddar and topped with tomato sauce and toasted brioche. It was a crowd pleaser.
At a recent trip to Smorgasburg I was thrilled to come across Flour City Pasta. Their flavored pastas are made with organic ingredients and crafted with tools from Italy in Rochester, NY. Even though it was a tough choice between the chipotle fettuccine or the sweet potato orzo, I picked the lemon basil pappardelle.
For dinner, I cooked kale and peas together with butter and garlic and pureed them together in a blender. Mixed together with salmon, it was the perfect accompaniment with the flavors of the lemon in the pasta. You can purchase their products online here.