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ceeceee Oct 5, 2006 01:44 PM

what a little gem! we went last night. first of the place is adorable, i like the small size, the decor is homey and warm.

our food was excellent. we shared appetizers...the fried baby artichokes and fried parsley--the parsley was a real treat, a different kind of sensation in your mouth. we also had an aged beef special served with a little chopped salad. very, very good. we also went for the gnocco fritto with cheese--what a treat. again, it was something out of the ordinary, for me at least.

our entrees were all great as well, the lasagna was delicious--bechamel sauce! mmm. the gnocchi with gorgonzola was excellent too. as was the tagliolini with seafood...the seafood was perfectly cooked, the sauce delicious.

the meal ended wonderfully with a HEAVENLY tiramisu.
we were really really impressed. the service was nice and low key... the cost---fantastic!!! for a bottle of wine, 3 appetizers, 3 entrees, dessert, 3 espressos...we paid about $45 each. amazing! i will definitely be back!

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  1. NAtiveNewYorker Oct 5, 2006 02:12 PM

    It's one of the best casual Italians in NYC. Lasagne is #1 in NYC, IMHO.

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      KTinNYC Oct 5, 2006 06:00 PM

      I like Bianca and eat there fairly often but the fried artichokes are always bad. Over-fried to the point of being burnt. The frito misto on the other hand...

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        ceeceee Oct 5, 2006 06:11 PM

        yes, we had a little problem with the artichokes....they were kinda choking us a bit...haha? is that the sensation we were feeling? the parsley was a bigger hit... don't know if it would be the first thing i would order again, but i will definitely be back! for that tiramisu alone....mmmmm!!!!!!!!

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          wallywalnuts Oct 5, 2006 09:48 PM

          there's too little of the actual artichoke heart on there, leaving you to chew on the cud that is the leaf. the fried parsley is interesting. i agree ceecee, i don't think i'd order that dish again, but kudos to them for an interesting dish. i thought their pastas were fantastic, specifically the gnocchi. It was so mouth watering. I like the decor of the place and the staff was friendly and experienced. Didn't rush you and also didn't ignore you. I highly recommend the place. A great deal.

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        bobby06877 Oct 5, 2006 08:29 PM

        I love Bianca, they have the best gnocchi with gorgonzola I have ever tasted.

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          xigua Oct 5, 2006 09:30 PM

          Maybe i was there on a bad night? The gnocco frito appetizer with the cold cuts was really delicious, but the gnocchi was gummy, while the quality of the seafood in the seafood tagliatelle was variable from mussel to mussel. Also, the sauce on the pasta bolognese was a little undersalted and bland.. maybe it was just my tastebuds.
          The tiramisu was good though...

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            bobby06877 Oct 5, 2006 10:01 PM

            Never had a problem with the gnocchi being gummy. It does not melt in your mouth like some others (Da Andrea comes to mind) but I personally love the sharp gorgonzola. I agree with you that the seafood can be inconsistent but the pastas have always been consistent with me. Maybe I am only there on a good night

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              xigua Oct 5, 2006 10:14 PM

              i think i should give it another try =) I did like the atmosphere and its close to where i work, plus v. affordable

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            G3B Oct 5, 2006 10:31 PM

            I was there on Tuesday night and loved it too. We shared the prosciutto and pecorino cheese over grilled radiccio and loved it. For entreeswe had lasagna which was excellent and filet mignon with potatoes which was ok, not my choice. Portions were huge and tiramisu was fantastic. I loved the food, just a little too cramped and noisy but I will bear with that given the inexpensive prices. It is a shorter version of Teodora's menu, at less expensive prices.

            1. wleatherette Oct 20, 2006 08:45 PM

              how's the wine list? a friend is thinking of going with a few serious wine people and is wondering about it.

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                wallywalnuts Dec 23, 2006 07:35 PM

                I am not a wine expert, but I do recall the list being pretty lengthy. My companions and I very much enjoyed the bottle that our waitress suggested.

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                  alyssi Jan 3, 2007 03:09 PM

                  I want to love Bianca but after going about 5 times now I've decided it is inconsistent. The bolognese (by which I judge all basic Italian restos) is bland. I've also had a tasteless caprese salad (really no excuse for having this on the menu if you can't find good tomatoes) and a shellfish pasta special w/ sub par / variable shellfish. On a positive note, I think the lasagna and gnocchi are good. The little fried dough triangles and cheese app is yummy (but then again, hard to screw that up) and the panna cotta is one of the best I've had anywhere.

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