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what to order at babbo?

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visiting new york for a few days and made a dinner reservation at babbo. what should i order at babbo for 2. the pasta tasting menu? the traditional tasting menu? or a la carte? how is the accompanying wines for $50? should i go for the riserva for $95 or? thanks...

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  1. Go for the traditional tasting. I don't do the pairing because I prefer red wine. I like to get a bottle or a few glasses.

    1. I just went last week, and was with a group of 6, so I got to see a lot of the things on the menu. I will say this - the pastas stole the show, but there were some other great things on the table as well. Standouts included:

      Antipasti: Prosciutto, Octopus.
      Primi: Goat Cheese Tortelloni, Beef Cheek Ravioli, Black Spaghetti (Mint Love Letters were a little too minty for me, but someone else loved them).
      Secondi: Spicy Two Minute Calamari, Grilled Guinea Hen (truly awesome!) (I ordered the skirt steak and it was so-so...good, but not great).
      Contorni: Sweet Corn Fregula (awesome), Roasted Potatoes (good, but roasted potatoes).

      As for the wine pairing, depends on how much you would spend otherwise. Think of it as a little more than half of a bottle per person. We drank Brunello and loved every sip.

      1. Tripe Marinara
        Lambs Tongue Vinagrette
        Beef Cheek Ravioli
        Veal Chop
        Olive Oil Gelatto - they have good tarts for dessert too.

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        1. re: tpigeon

          sardines or octopus if its one the menu - buccatini with guanciale or the beef cheek ravioli (yup, its really as good as the hype) - rabbit or sweetbreads. we've done it with the wine pairing and with ordering good value sicilian reds - happy either way!

          1. re: teezeetoo

            Can you recommend a specific Sicilian red? I tend to order Amarone or Barolo when 'm there but it's awfully hard on the wallet : ) I love good Sicilian if it's not too "young" tasting. Would love to hear your advice. Thanks.

            1. re: JeremyEG

              My favorite Sicilian red is Nero D'Avola.

        2. everything sounds so good but here is what i am thinking of.
          antipasti - grilled octopus, sardines & lamb's tongue
          primi - beef cheek
          secondi - rabbit, veal chop (if available) or braised beef.
          is there a dish that i should drop or add or substitute? is this too much food for 2? we are not dessert fans but is there something we should not miss. thanks.