Friday, September 30, 2011

Sette Mezzo - Restaurant Review Italian Done Right on the Upper East Side

My mom came into town and wanted to go to Oprah's favorite Italian Restaurant called Sette Mezzo. This cash only, Upper East Side restaurant does not have a lot of seating, so it is easy to see why it is so difficult to get a reservation.

Salmon and Tuna Carpaccio

I started off with the Salmon and Tuna Carpaccio appetizer special.

Carpaccio is a dish of raw meat or fish that is thinly sliced or pounded thin and is one of my favorite appetizers to order. Carpaccio is said to have first been served in 1950 to Countess Amalia Nani Mocenigo at Harry's Bar in Venice. She informed the Chef that her doctor had her on a diet where she could only eat raw meat. The first Carpaccio was raw beef served with a mustard sauce and was named Carpaccio by Giuseppe Cipriani because it reminded him of a painting by Vittore Carpaccio. 
The special part about this appetizer was that the Salmon and Tuna was house cured. The house cured Salmon Carpaccio was delicious, very fresh and it had a light, smokey flavor. The Tuna Carpaccio had a strong fishy, Tuna flavor at first but finished off sweet. Overall it was a good dish but was very heavy for an appetizer. 

Those of you who know me know that my favorite food is Spaghetti Bolognese or Spaghetti with meat sauce. I asked the waiter was it good, he just gave me a look and said "Bella its-a good." and he was right.

  I mean just look at it you can see the creaminess and the amazing tomato sauce coating every strand of perfectly, al dente, golden spaghetti. I am a Spaghetti Bolognese connosieur and I don't really like to travel much out of my 'hood but this Spaghetti Bologonese is worth the trip! It also landed itself on my top 10 list.

The Vanilla and Chocolate Tartuffo 

Tartufo means Truffle in Italian. It is called a Truffle because it was meant to resemble the extremely luxurious French Fungus. This Tartufo was good. It wasn't the best I have ever had but it did not disappoint.

Sette Mezzo
969 Lexington Ave # A
(70th and 71st Street)
New York, NY 10021-5114
(212) 472-0400

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