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Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Food Review: Authentic Italian at AppetitO RistorantE

An evening at AppetitO RistorantE with one of my NY besties was just what the doctor ordered. After the madness of New York Fashion Week, its great to relax and catch up over an appetizing meal and tasty cocktails. This Italian gem is located in mid-town only one block south of Bryant Park. As soon as you enter you can feel the warmth of the atmosphere with the dark wood, exposed brick and beautiful portraits. 

We decided to start the night with cocktails, which is always the start of a good night! As we sipped on these delicious martinis (mine was the espresso, I needed caffeine asap) we began to peruse the menu trying to narrow down what starters should we order. The winners were the Crostini de Mozzarella (fried mozzarella in tomato sauce, tasted like heaven) & grilled calamari (it was one of the specials, not sure of the Italian name; but equally delicious). After the two we decided to take a break (with wine) before entree time. Up next we decided to share a small plate of the fontina tortellini (other one of the night's specials) along with the Petto di Pollo Appetito (bestie) and my dish Risotto ai Frutti di Mare! One of my favorite dishes is risotto and I love seafood, absolutely the perfect choice for me. My friend thoroughly enjoyed the chicken dish, it was juicy and flavorful. The night can't end without a dessert or at least a cappacino, I'm all about dessert, so I shared the tiramisu and he got a cappacino. The ultimate ending to an exquisite meal.

Cucumber Tonic & Espresso Martinis 
Special: grilled calamari with a balsamic glaze 
Crostini di Mozzarella: breaded mozzarella with light tomato sauce
Tasty Malbec to pair with our dinner
Risotto ai Frutti di Mare: rice with seafood
Special: fontina tortellini with porcini mushrooms and parmesan reggiano
 Petto di Pollo Appetito: breast of chicken, mushrooms, brandy and cream sauce

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