OLIO E PIU - DINE HERE FOR A CHANCE TO WIN A TRIP TO ITALY!
Olio e Piu serves classic Neapolitan cuisine in Lower Manhattan (3 Greenwich Ave). In addition to their delicious hearty dishes and beautiful open space, they are now taking diners on a culinary journey through the 20 regions of Italy with a chance to WIN A TRIP TO ITALY! The best part is that all you have to do is eat delicious Italian food. Yes, dreams do come true!
Every two weeks (March-December), Olio e Piu will be serving special dishes from one of Italy's 20 regions. Every time you stop in to try one of these special dishes you will get a stamp in your personal Oli e Piu passport. Yes, you get your own passport stamped with a unique identification number and signed by you after you finish your first meal. This is serious business people! Also, fund business. After three stamps you can enjoy a complimentary glass of wine and after 20 stamps you are entered in a drawing win a week-long vacation in Italy.
I stopped by to try the first region, Toscana (Tuscany). As Olie e Piu puts it,
"Tuscan cuisines uses seasonal local meat and produce, and it based on the idea of cucina povera or poor cooking, meaning a focus on preparing simple meals that can be made from the whole family."
I sampled three dishes which were all hearty, comforting, with subtle flavors allowing the fresh ingredients to shine. What I loved most about this experience is that I've never seen these dishes at any other Italian restaurant. This was truly a unique experience that made me appreciate authentic Italian and Tuscan cuisine.
ZUPPA DI FUNGHI ($12): traditional mushroom soup. This was creamy and aromatic from a drizzle of truffle olive oil.
TORTELLINI RINASCIMEMTALI ($21): pork filling, sauce brodo with shave parmesan. This was an Italian version of chicken noodle soup. I just wanted to be curled up on the couch with a warm blanket eating this.
TRIPPA ALLA FIORENTINA ($29): tripe, baked with tomato and seasonal vegetables. Tripe is the lining of cow stomach so definatley the most exotic dish of the three. Tripe is a delicacy in many parts of the world. I've had it before but it's always been chewy and flavorless. The preparation of tribe by Olio e Piu was the best I've ever had. The tribe was cut into small pieces and stewed in tomato sauce and vegetables until tender. If you are looking to pop your tripe cherry (giggles), this dish is the way to go.
until the next bite....