Saturday, November 20, 2004

Italian tapas in the East Village



Originally uploaded by lools.

When you're in a low-key mood to nibble on excellent regional Italian fare, head to Perbacco in the East Village. Located on East 4th Street between Avenues A and B, this cozy, dimly lit, brick walled eatery has a unique take on tapas, Italian style.

Choose from delicacies like fish carpaccio, potato and cheese croquettes, bite-size chunks of parmesan and goat cheese wrapped with thin slices of zucchini strips. There's also a wide choice of Italian entrees including a delicious gorgonzola ravioli in sage sauce that is divine. The friendly Italian staff can suggest appropriate wine pairings from the all-Italian wine list, a pleasant surprise in Manhattan. Try the old world Nero D'Avola if you're looking for something full bodied.

Perbacco
234 E. 4th St. (East Village)
212-253-2038

4 Comments:

Blogger gs said...

hey
what is gorgonzola ravioli?.sounds esoteric.are you living on wine and cheese only these days?
gs

9:52 PM  
Blogger gs said...

hey
i like the word tapas.in sanskrit it means meditation.what is it in italian?
what is gorgonzola ravioli?.sounds esoteric.are you living on wine and cheese only these days?
gs

9:54 PM  
Blogger Lulu said...

Glad you asked about the origins of the word, tapas. It refers to Spanish "small plates" served in bars and restaurants all over the country. When you can taste a little bit of many different dishes, why settle for one big entree? Tapas has been appropriated by many cuisines and now you have Chinese, Tapas, Italian Tapas, Mediterranean Tapas and even Indian Tapas here in New York!

Tapas, comes from the word “tapa,” meaning a lid or cover, originating 200 years ago when Spanish innkeepers served their guests a small piece of bread to cover their glasses of wine and spirits. The tapas tradition evolved as innkeepers began placing ham, sausage, seafood or cheese on top of the bread to give their guests a bite to eat as they lingered talking between meals

9:22 AM  
Blogger Lulu said...

Gorgonzola is an Italian cheese made from cow's milk cheese that is white or yellow and streaked with blue. It has a distinct aroma and can have a mellow, strong, or sharp flavor, depending on its degree of maturity. Similar to American blue and French Roquefort cheeses. Perbacco has a delicious pasta dish in which little pasta pillows (ravioli) are stuffed with gorgonzola and float in a delicious butter and sage sauce with roasted walnuts.

9:25 AM  

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