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Aug 22, 2008 09:45 AM

Maybe the best sandwich I've ever had at Cipolla Rossa, 91st and 1st

Wild boar sausage, broccoli rabe, and pecorino, on toasted ciabatta. Sausage tasted homemade, but may just have been very very good. The chef is also the chef at La Cantina Toscana, so there's some good gamey stuff on the menu--more wild boar, suckling pig, quail wrapped in bacon on today's specials--but also more basic stuff like lasagna, a meatloaf, and a version of chicken parmagiana. Small, homey place, BYOB right now. Easily the best value for good Italian food that I've come across in Manhattan.

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  1. crash: Thanks for the heads up! The best-tasting sausage I had in my life was in Tuscany (Siena)! This sandwich should bring back memories...

    1. Thanks for the tip, sounds great and I am definitely going to check this one out!

      1. Went for dinner last night, tiny place but timed it perfectly at 8:00 as another table was just leaving. Shared the calamari alla gilglia and pappa al pomodoro as apps. Tender, big pieces of calamari, and the soup was out of this world, perfect combo of fresh tomato and garlic. For entree my friend had the spaghetti alle vongole, amazingly sweet clams, a nice sized portion, and I had the fresh pappardelle al cinghiale which tasted better than the version I had in Tuscany. Dessert was an awkward looking, sort of free-form but amazing tasking tiramisu. Need to go back again and again to taste everything on the menu, and next time will bring my bottle of Brunello I've been saving for such an occasion. Everyone was incredibly friendly, just a lovely place. Bill came to $56 for 2. Can't beat that, but even if it was pricier, I'd feel the same way.

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        1. re: esyle

          Really looking forward to trying this place - thanks everyone for reporting on it.

        2. I passed this place last night and can't wait to try it. I saw the 2007 Zagat rating in the window, impressive 24 for food, but curiously I can't find it in my 2007 Zagat. Any idea why?

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          1. re: City Kid

            The Zagat rating in the window is for a different restaurant owned by the same folks: La Cantina Toscana. Cipolla Rossa just opened up this August, so no entry in Zagat yet. I just ate there tonight and had a very different, disappointing experience from the other reviewers in this forum. I lived in Rome for 6 years and have visited Tuscany many times. I was excited by an authentic-looking, confident menu, but I found the cooking very mediocre - everything was overcooked. Even the pasta was mushy, which is the easiest and most important thing to get right in Italian cooking to my mind!

            1. re: csblack86

              Thanks for clarifying! Since it's nearby, and the prices make it worth a gamble, I may give it a try -- if only for that wild boar sausage sandwich. perhaps it was an off night, perhaps not,but I'll report back.

              1. re: City Kid

                As I posted in another thread about this same restaurant, I must say that I loved this place. The meal my wife and I had was just like those we had in Tuscany 2 years ago. To start we had the calamari. It was whole baby calamari and grilled not fried. It was the best caIamari I ever ate. Then I had the wild boar chop (it was a special and a double chop) and it was prepared just right. My wife (a former chef) had the mussels and clams and loved it. I guess like everything else, food is subjective.

          2. This is very exciting news, carcrash. Cipolla Rossa is officially on my list.