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Have a res at Crispo this weekend - What should I order?

delish317 Dec 12, 2007 06:17 PM


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    FuDee May 23, 2008 03:50 AM

    On the non-pasta tip, the Roast Pork Shank is fantastic- and substantial. Great place all around.

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      lisettte Mar 16, 2008 10:49 PM

      My first rice ball was in Brooklyn on 18th ave in Bensonhurst and I was hooked. So, even pretty good rice balls at Crispo and the rest of the wonderful menu sounds yummy. Spaghatti and meatballs sounds Southern Italy though.

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        TexasEx10 Mar 15, 2008 12:01 PM

        The buccatini alla amatriciana was spectacular. The prosciutto appetizers are also great (we had the one with asparagus and taleggio). I have been there a few times and always enjoy it.

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          lisettte Mar 13, 2008 11:07 PM

          My res is next weekend, my long waited vacation. My daughter lived in Italy so she would love the buffalo mozzarela but I am going for the rice balls and if they have a nice meat sauce pasta let me know. I don't like creamy stuff. I might even order steak or lamb. Suggestions for a simple eater? at Crispo

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          1. re: lisettte
            jenniebnyc Mar 15, 2008 07:06 AM

            anything veal is great. i don't like creamy all that much either BUT this is the place to get carbonara and gnocchi both of which are not red sauced dishes here. and yes, get the buff mozz. their gelati is one of the better i've had. the rice balls are good, but not the best i've had.....you must travel to brooklyn for the best. enjoy your meal. ask for a table in the back. front room is VERY loud.

            see menu below....


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              Pan Mar 16, 2008 12:24 AM

              Which places in Brooklyn do you prefer? Direct me to the appropriate thread on the Outer Boroughs board if you like.

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                jenniebnyc Mar 16, 2008 01:29 PM

                hmmm tough one. my former secretary used to bring into work for me from brooklyn. i never actually went to brooklyn myself. let me get in touch with her and i will let you know. they were the BEST i 've ever eaten...hands down.

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                  Pan Mar 16, 2008 07:25 PM

                  I appreciate your efforts, and take your time. I'll still be here whenever. :-)

          2. QueenPeach Mar 13, 2008 12:51 PM

            After reading so much about Crispo on Chowhound, I finally went last night for dinner. It was amazing and my date loved it too! We had the procuitto with Buffalo Mozz (truly the best Mozz we've ever had!), the aritichokes, carbonara and veal marsala. Everything was outstanding. I really liked how there was an egg on top of the mound of pasta when it arrived at the table. The veal was excellent also. I am definately going back. I also liked it as a date restaurant. It had really cute dim lighting in the back room and my boyfriend and I sat at a small round table next to the lit up fountain.

            Someone here mentioned they ordered a half portion of pasta.. I didn't see that on the menu. Do they still have that option?

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              rrems Mar 13, 2008 01:47 PM

              It was probably me who mentioned the half portions. It's not indicated on the menu, but most restaurants will do it, so I always ask.

              I agree that the mozzarella is the best. I always have it with roasted peppers.

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                idia Mar 13, 2008 03:20 PM

                Awesome hangar steak!

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                  Pan Mar 13, 2008 08:19 PM

                  I've mentioned it, too. They'll do it for you by request, as you say.

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                    QueenPeach Mar 14, 2008 09:15 AM

                    Thanks rrems and Pan. I definately want to do that next time so I can try more dishes! I can't wait to go back.

                    The Buff Mozz will probably become a dish I will get every time I go back.

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                      FuDee May 26, 2008 08:52 AM

                      Crispo does the half portion of pasta at half the cost of a full pasta plus $1. A great way to try them out while indulging on all of their other culinary delights..

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                      Brian S Mar 14, 2008 07:19 PM

                      About the pastas... are they worth $20? Will I have to stop for a hamburger somewhere after eating a pasta?

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                        Pan Mar 14, 2008 08:20 PM

                        Dunno; can you eat a horse? ;-) Seriously, the portions are large, which is why I get a half portion for half price and order a Secondo. Even the half portions are substantial.

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                          Lucia Mar 15, 2008 09:33 AM

                          I second Pan's comments--portions are huge. I usually do a pasta as a main, so paying $18-20 for a main course doesn't seem steep at all.

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                          Nikitenka May 23, 2008 06:41 AM

                          We each ordered a pasta as our main and the portions were massive.
                          Too bad both were inedible (carbonara was a flavorless lump of overcooked pasta and lard; orchiette came with an entire wilted, uncut head of broccoli rabe on top and was consequently very bitter).
                          So yes, in a way, you may want to stop for a hamburger afterwards . . . or just save your money and go somewhere else.

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                            trishottawa May 23, 2008 07:30 AM

                            my experience was the same......horrible

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                        Pan Dec 13, 2007 07:07 PM

                        Have a look at this thread:


                        And here are some Crispo recommendations from me:

                        Butternut Tortelloni "Zucca" Roast Chestnuts - fantastic!
                        Spaghetti "Shrimp Fra Diavola"
                        Trofie al Prosciutto "San Daniele"
                        "Ricotta Gnocchi" Duck & Fontina - lovely
                        Spaghetti Carbonara "3p Classic" - very good Carbonara

                        Seared Duck Breast "Figs & Port" - great! I love this!

                        Tasting of Crème Brûlée & Chocolate Pot de Crème

                        Also, listen to the specials. The last time I was there, they had a special veal Cotoletto with artichoke hearts in a genuinely sour lemon sauce that was just as good as the duck, in a different way. All the things I've had there have been at least solidly good. I guess this is beyond the season of zucchini flowers, but if you have the room in your stomach, do get some antipasti. They're really good.

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                          rrems Dec 13, 2007 06:19 PM

                          I just got back from my umpteenth dinner at Crispo and wow, was it good! We had 2 of the specials, a tripe appetizer (most tender tripe I've ever had outside of Europe, better than the one at Babbo) and sweetbreads as main course, From the regular menu a half order of spaghetti carbonara (amazing) and shrimp with garlic sausage. Crispo is just consistently wonderful.

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                            Lucia Dec 13, 2007 10:28 AM

                            antipasti, bone marrow, wild mushroom pappardelle, carbonara, spaghetti and meatballs... really any pasta.

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                              ilny Dec 13, 2007 08:00 AM

                              bone marrow.. Bone Marrow... BONE MARROW!

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                                FuDee Jun 9, 2008 04:27 AM

                                I second the Marrow- holy cow is that a great dish. And the Carbonara is truly special as well.


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                                ZooZooB Dec 13, 2007 05:53 AM

                                I thought Crispo closed. Did it reopen at a new location. That's fantastic if it did. I think my husband likes a lamb dish there. Possibly lamb shank.

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                                1. re: ZooZooB
                                  idia Dec 13, 2007 06:08 AM


                                2. LeahBaila Dec 13, 2007 05:39 AM

                                  Spaghetti & Meatballs!

                                  1. noot Dec 12, 2007 08:19 PM

                                    The bone marrow as an appetizer. Also, if you can handle spice get the stuffed peppers.

                                    1. vvvindaloo Dec 12, 2007 07:15 PM

                                      appetizers: caponata, roasted califlower, artichokes.
                                      pasta: carbonara or amatriciana. specials tend to be good, also.

                                      1. jenniebnyc Dec 12, 2007 07:04 PM

                                        Definitely the carbonara and the veal dishes are really good as well. For apps....stuffed sage leaves and rice balls...and their buffalo mozz is the best I've had in a restaurant.

                                        Don't know how many people you are, but ask for the semi private room up front if you are 5 or more...or one of the back rooms. The front room to me is very loud and way too cramped.

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