>> Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Oh. My. Goodness. If you weren't dining with Leah and I on Monday night you missed out on an incredible meal. This was the personification of perfection. Seriously, perfection.

Nestled away off of Park Avenue, there is a little Italian eatery, Novita (pronounced no-vee-TA), which has quickly become my favorite Italian restaurant in NYC.

Everything from the service to the decor is straight up Italian. The wine selection is impeccable and the food is unbelievable.

We ordered a lot so bare with me, I'll go over my favorites, but I promise everything was delicious and thoughtful...


  • Carpaccio di manzo con tartufi neri - Kobe beef carpaccio with arugula, parmigiano and black truffle
  • Insalata di carciofini - Fresh baby artichoke salad with mushrooms and shavings of parmigiano

  • Squash blossoms - battered in cornmeal and deep fried stuff with ricotta cheese and served with prosciutto (pictured left)

  • Tuna wrapped in phyllo dough - flash fried and served with reduce balsamic vinegar and a spicy aoli sauce**


  • Branzino con carciofi - Pan-roasted sea bass with artichoke fricassee
  • Salmone alia griglia - grilled salmon with crisp potato carpaccio, sweet onions and black olives**
  • Vitello alla Milanese - Veal Milanese-style with rucola and tomato
  • Spaghettini neri ai frutti di mare - Black spaghettini with mixed seafood in spicy tomato sauce
  • Strozzapreti al pesto - Homemade strozapretti with pesto, pinenuts and shavings of parmigiano
  • Orecchiette con salsiccia piccante - Orecchiette with spicy sausage, broccoli rape, and tomato sauce


  • Sorbetti misti - Homemade mango, strawberry, and lemon-mint sorbet
  • Tortino di cioccolato - Individual warm chocolate tart with pistachio sauce and white chocolate gelato
  • Tiramis├╣ - Espresso soaked biscotti layered in mascarpone cream and cocoa**
  • Cheesecake - Homemade with marscapone cheese, served with a raspberry sauce

As you can probably see we had a large party in tow (Leah's mom's friends were with us and I'll say this, dining would not have been complete without them, they are a RIOT! Soo much fun!!), anyways we ordered A LOT, but I will just talk about my favorites...

Tuna with phyllo. My mouth is watering just thinking about it. Basically they take sushi grade tuna and wrap it in phyllo dough, then flash fry it so that the outside is warm and crispy and the inside is still rare. Served with a balsamic reduction and spicy aoli, this is the perfect way to start the meal off! I would order two, its just amazing.

For entrees my favorite was the salmon with potato carpacchio, onions and olives. My salmon was cooked perfectly and the skin was left on (in my opinion the most tasty part) and the olives and onions added the perfect hint of sweet and salty that I crave. It was light, delicious and served along side some sauteed vegetables.

Dessert. Ah, dessert. The final frontier. It's hard to mess up dessert, but it's also hard to make the perfect tiramis├╣ and yet Novita in their infinite wisdom has perfected this after dinner treat. It's the perfect blend of the strong espresso taste and the light, fluffy marscapone cream. Definitely a must.

Overall, the dinner was great, the wine never stopped flowing, the company was to die for and I didn't walk out completely stuffed. It was just, perfection. Appetizers range from $10-15, entrees from $16-25 and desserts from $8-10.

A special thanks to Leah and her mom for this fabulous night!

102 E 22nd
New York, NY 10010
(212) 677 - 2222


Unknown September 17, 2008 at 1:33 PM  

Im glad there are some details you left out!

annie September 17, 2008 at 11:05 PM  

LOVE NOVITA! You have to thank Scott for the restaurant. He's good friend owns it. I have eaten there many times, and I forget how delicious it is everytime! The tuna is my fav too!! Def a must when visiting NYC! Which brings me to Oct9th...yes we are going!

annie September 17, 2008 at 11:06 PM  

ps- i'll tell Scott to tell his friend about your blog! Maybe he can mention it in the restaurant...

Renee Barone September 18, 2008 at 10:28 AM  

NICE! Yes, I remember Leah saying that it was Scott's friend!! SCOTT GOOD CALL!!!

October 9th I am totally there!! Jef will be here too then!!

Lex September 22, 2008 at 7:51 PM  

Renee. This is right by my apartment. You complain I don't read your blog, but you don't visit when you are in my neighborhood. Which is the bigger crime?

Renee Barone September 24, 2008 at 4:22 PM  

You not reading my blog is the bigger crime. The blog has been up since May, you have only lived there for 3 weeks...

Anonymous September 26, 2008 at 7:37 PM  

MMMMMM.....You cannot forget about the porcini mushroom ravioli with truffle oil. Sick. And the veal carpaccio is ridiculous. Everything is great. And Guisseppe is the best


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