Around the BLOCK

Cucina della Ragazza

Cucina della Ragazza is adorable. It’s the kind of neighborhood charmer you want to frequent, regardless of the quality of the food. In this case, fortunately, the food hits the spot so you can return again and again. The corner restaurant was, among other ventures, the Optical Shop of Aspen in another life. Owner Laura Norris […]

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D.O.C.G. Enteca by Scott Conant in Las Vegas

D.O.C.G. in Las Vegas is a winner. Extremely appealing in decor with a very contemporary yet comfortable vibe, the food is equally enticing. The space is long and narrow, with brick walls and a wood-burning fireplace in the open kitchen at the end. The menu is all Italian, but goes beyond pizza and pasta, delving […]

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Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare

If you happen to be in Las Vegas celebrating a special occasion, have I got the place for you! It’s called Bartolotta Ristorante di Mare and it’s in the Wynn hotel. Paul Bartolotta won a James Beard Best Chef award for this restaurant, and also owns nine other restaurants, all in Milwaukee. I haven’t been to […]

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Restaurant Week 2014 Continued…

If you read my blog on a regular basis, you know I participated in Restaurant Week previews in advance of its start last Friday.  I have already written about La Bodega and Pig and Finch; today I want to share my impressions of Rosso in the new Hotel Sorella on the Plaza. Since it opened […]

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The Boot

Walking into the Boot is such a pleasant experience. Someone will quickly greet you and guide you to your table while you look around and take in the very charming interior. The side walls are brick. Old wooden ladders hang sideways and their rungs are interspersed with flower vases. On one wall sits a painting […]

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Trezo Mare

When it first opened, everyone thought that, based on its name, Trezo Mare was an Italian restaurant. But the focus was more on treasures of the sea, which is the literal translation. The concept worked beautifully for the first couple of years, but the quality wasn’t maintained and a change was needed. Enter Chef Robert […]

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Pandolfi’s

If you haven’t heard of Pandolfi’s, I suspect you are not alone. But that may change now that the owners have decided to start dinner service on weekend evenings. Deli by day, Pandolfi becomes a white table cloth restaurant at night. Even the entrance is different in the evening. Located just to the right of […]

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Nica’s 320

Nica’s 320 recently took over the old Shiraz space on Southwest Boulevard. The original Nica’s Cafe was out south before its owners negotiated for a bigger space in the Crossroads. Loaded with the same charm and a courtyard as Shiraz, Nica’s 320 looks like it’s been around forever. The menu is quite unique. Diners devise […]

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Locanda Verde–New York City

Locanda Verde has been on the map for quite some time. This charming Italian hot spot in Tribeca is owned by Andrew Carmellini, who just added The Dutch to his resume. Securing a reservation for dinner is no easy task, so rather than eat super early or late, we opted for brunch. Tables started filling […]

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Jasper’s Restaurant

A group of us went to Jasper’s on a recent Saturday evening, and the place was hopping! Every table was full, but we had made an early reservation and were able to secure a booth for six. It was comfy and conducive to conversation. I had not visited the restaurant in years other than to […]

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