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What to order at Scarpetta?

jdogg80 Nov 12, 2008 10:50 AM

My husband and I are dining at Scarpetta and we couldn't be more anxious to try this restaurant. We really enjoyed Scott at L'Impero, so hopefully the meal will live up to our expectations. Any advice on what to order?? Thanks!

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    Simon Nov 12, 2008 10:59 AM

    everything i've had there has been very good to superb...if you do a search, i posted a long review it a few weeks ago...but offhand, i rec the scallop tartar, the cavatelli, and the black cod w/ stewed tomato...

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    1. re: Simon
      PAULSCOHEN Nov 12, 2008 06:15 PM

      look up my review of scarpetta on chow post

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      kobetobiko Nov 13, 2008 07:18 AM

      I quite enjoyed the veal shank and chicken entrees when I was there. For both dishes, I was particularly impressed by the sauce and condiments (marrow for the veal, chicken liver sauce for the chicken), much more so than the meat. The fish entrees for me were just so-so.

      For app, the polenta and short ribs, like everyone mentioned, were probably the best dishes among all. The crudo or carpaccio were not bad, but a bit too "generic" like you get in other high quality Italian restaurants like Hearth or Esca.

      I also enjoyed the sea urchin pasta and the duck liver ravioli (quite heavy though)

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        banjolinana Nov 13, 2008 07:25 AM

        look up my review of Scarpetta on Chow as well. But basically get the polenta with mushrooms and the agnolotti is a must have

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        1. re: banjolinana
          DoctortedNYC Nov 13, 2008 07:59 PM

          The Short ribs are orgasmic.
          Any pasta dish.

        2. TrishUntrapped Nov 14, 2008 02:18 PM

          Mozzarella In Carrozza, Spaghetti with Tomato and Basil, Sliced Duck with Root Vegetables, Amadei Chocolate Cake....all winners.

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          1. re: TrishUntrapped
            Simon Nov 14, 2008 04:39 PM

            i am a huge fan of Scarpetta and have recommended a lot here...but personally i find the duck to be one of the weaker dishes: despite the evocative ("Sicilian spices") description, i found it a bit bland...

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            manku Nov 15, 2008 06:28 PM

            The polenta with mushrooms was the only dish i would return for. Other dishes were fine, but hardly standouts. In particular, the spagetti with tomato sauce. I ordered it, and it taste virtually identical to a version that Hazan has in her cookbook that I make all the time - its the one with onion and BUTTER! Easiest sauce in the world to make. Only difference at Scarpetta is the addition of basil. At $24.00, without a doubt a waste of money...at least for me.

            Another weird item...one of the pasta listed "imported spagetti". So i asked the waiter, and he said my spagetti is domestic. Huh? It was definitely dried pasta, and I'm not familiar with any domestic pastas that compare to Italian.

            I enjoyed the restaurant, however, but would be in no rush to return unless I was in the neighborhood.

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            1. re: manku
              TrishUntrapped Nov 16, 2008 08:53 AM

              I could tell the tomato sauce was plentiful in butter and fresh parmesean cheese. That made it good. That you make the same sauce is also good.

              While pricey, the spaghetti is homemade and a single portion is enough for two people. So not a waste of money at $12 a head...at least to me.

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                babyblue Nov 24, 2008 06:27 AM

                What are the prices like couln't find any on thier website or menupages?

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                  TrishUntrapped Nov 24, 2008 01:07 PM

                  These are prices from when I went in September:

                  Mozzarella in Carozza (appetizer) - $15
                  Spaghetti with tomato and basil - $24 (Ample for two)
                  Cavatelli with Rabbit - $22 (Ample for two)
                  Sicilian Sliced Duck (entree) - $26
                  Amadei Chocolate Cake - $11 (We split it)

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              quatrocchi Nov 24, 2008 01:37 PM

              I had the polenta for appetizer, then I had the cavatelli with spinach, pancetta and chickpeas and stuffed myself with the scallops. Oh, and I can't forget the key lime torrone cheesecake. Amazing!

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