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Jan 19, 2009 02:18 PM

Where can I find an awesome veal picata?

I really want an authenic veal picata. Did I spell that right? We are staying at the London NYC and would like to be within walking distance but would travel if it was worth it. We've never been to New York before. I looked at the menus of some of the fancier italian restaurants but none had this dish. Thanks.

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  1. I like the VP at Roberto Passon, it is near the theater district (around 9th ave and high 40s). You can do a search here for more info

    1. The reason the fancier restaurants do not serve it is that veal piccata is the sort of basic dish that has been on the menu of every traditional, moderately-priced Italian restaurant for more years than I care to remember. Roberto Passon gets a lot of favorable mentions on this board, so I expect they would do a credible version of it, but this is not a dish that will elicit shrieks of delight regardless of where you have it.

      1. Veal piccata is a dish I very often order the first time I visit an Italian-American-style restaurant. Because it is so basic and simple, it tells me everything I need to know about the kitchen's capabilities.

        Like eve, I have had the veal piccata at Roberto Passon and thought it was a very good version. The restaurant is not too far from the London Hotel, on the corner of 9th Av. & 50th St.

        Paul & Jimmy's, further downtown, on 18th St., just west of Irving Pl., also serves a very fine veal piccata. I've found the service to be much more attentive than at Roberto Passon, and the seating is more comfortable.

        1. I lloked at the menu at Roberto Passon and it looks good. How does it compare to Amarone Ristorante or Trattoria Trecolori? I also like thei menus very much. Is one more romantic than the others? Which of the two would you recommend (not just for the VPiccata)?

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          1. re: fishcall

            Trattoria Trecolori is our favorite Italian in that area. I haven't had the veal piccata there in ages, but overall, the homestyle fare is well-prepared and delicious. Service is always friendly and efficient. It's a large restaurant with attractive decor and comfortably-spaced tables.

            Roberto Passon's food is different in style from Trecolori's -- less "homestyle" and somewhat creative. The space is small with seating that's a little too close for total comfort. Also, service can be spotty.

            We ate lunch at Amarone once a long time ago. The food didn't rise to a level that made me want to go back.

            I would not describe any of the three as romantic.

            1. re: RGR

              then can you suggest a romantic italian restaurant? we will either be in theater disctric or down in greenwich village. we are not really into sweatbreads or tounge or crazy stuff like that. thanks for your help.

              1. re: fishcall

                Of course, my idea of what constitutes romantic may differ radically from yours. For me, the restaurant does not have to be small and/or have a lot of flowers and frou frou. Often it's simply the quality of the lighting that determines if a restaurant feels romantic to me. But that doesn't mean it should be so dark that I need a flashlight to read the menu.

                We don't have many favorite Italian restaurants, but of the ones we prefer, I would say Alto comes closest to being romantic for me. The space is divided into several small dining rooms, there's contemporary decor and appropriately low lighting. I'm a fan of Chef Michael White's delicious cuisine. (He's also the chef at another favorite of ours, Convivio.) Alto is upscale and located in midtown.