Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Definitely Not Zagat: Becco

Well, today, I try my hand at restaurant reviews. No, this isn't exactly Zagat quality, but hey, worth a try. Y'see, before the Coldplay concert, my family decided to splurge on a nice dinner, which brought us to a nice homestyle Italian place in the Hell's Kitchen district of Manhatten called Becco.

Word of warning: This is probably the most upscale dining place I've ever been to. We're talking an $18 minimum per person, most entrees in the $20-$30 range. So don't go for it unless you're willing to splurge on good food.

The word Becco is derived from the Italian word beccare which means to peck, nibble, or savor. I don't know about the first two, but I did quite a bit of savoring. The restaurant is best known for its savory, home-inspired cuisine of its owner, Lidia Bastianich. It's signature dish (which I ordered) is called Sinfonia Di Pasta, and features a trio of pastas with unlimited portions, along with an appetizer. The pastas are handmade fresh each day, and there is a different pasta for each night. Great quality.

I found myself with an Antipasto Misto, a seafood appetizer beautifully presented with fresh vegetables and seafood. For the first time, I tried monkfish and... octopus, the latter of which is surprisingly chewy and, well, fishy.

The main course featured spaghetti with tomato basil sauce, a penne bolognese, and a Swiss chard ravioli. All were absolutely fantastic, and had a unique bite to it that, I'm told, was a result of its handmade nature. I finished them all, with seconds.

In conclusion, if you're looking for authentic homestyle Italian cuisine with a nice modern decor, Becco is definitely a great choice. I award this one a mutant three thumbs up.

Becco • 355 West 46th Street • New York, NY 10036 - Telephone: 212.397.7597


Anonymous said...

So, huh.
Looks pretty good.
You should check out this brazillian place in New York.
I forget what it's called, but as soon as I find out, I'll let you know.

restaurant dick johnny said...

that's not expensive or upscale at all. fucking olive garden has eighteen dollar entrees. there are restaurants where the minimum is over two hundred dollars without wine. eighteen dollars is a god damned pittance. and we all know that you need the wine pairings, you unsophisticated hack.

spaghetti with tomato basil sauce? oh shit! i think i had that the other day! it was called prego pre-canned tomato sauce.

it cost me eighteen dollars.