Bottega del Vino – Superb Italian Cuisine on Manhattan’s Upper East Side

This charming Upper East Side restaurant (7 East 59th Street, between 5th & Madison) offers an excellent selection of Italian wine by the glass and bottle. My friend and I enjoyed several appetizers prepared with Chef Massimillano Convertini’s Northern Italian (Veneto) influence: Calamari alla Griglia, Caprese di Bufalo, Carpaccio di Tonno Affumicato, and Coscia di Anatra. All were delicious and uniquely prepared; the Carpaccio, for example included fresh grapefruit and marinated ginger. The Italian wine list was both comprehensive and creative, and we were pleased to enjoy the by-the-glass selections in large-bowled stemware (each glass is poured at the table from a mini carafe.) We were also impressed with the very friendly and attentive service. The décor is a replica of their sister restaurant in Verona, Italy called Antica Bottega del Vino. This pleasant New York restaurant has a warm, friendly atmosphere, complemented by delicious food and a smart wine program.

~ by Thomas on February 6, 2008.

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