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Jun 10, 2011 02:21 PM

Ciano, a new Italiain on East 22nd Street

Anyone been? Thoughts on what to order?

45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

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    1. We've been back to Ciano more recently (April) since my post in the linked thread about our first visit in November. This time, we did the Market Menu Tasting. (It has now been changed to 6 courses instead of 5, $115 instead of $96.) The food, as before, was delicious though I found portion sizes to be too large for a tasting menu.

      Ciano photos:

      The veal meatballs with polenta, which has become a signature, should not be missed!

      45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

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      1. re: RGR

        i 2nd that RGR food is fantastic and if you're hungry go for the tasting!

      2. I have been a number of times, including this week. Here are some of my favorites from the regular menu:

        fluke crudo
        veal meatballs
        tagliatelle with crab
        pappardelle with duck
        garganelli with mushrooms
        lamb loin

        When we were there this week, we had 3 dishes from the tasting menu (all of the dishes on the tasting are available a la carte) and they were amazing:

        gazpacho with lobster
        soft shell crab sliders
        crisp duck

        I also had a special of gnocchi stuffed with sausage. They looked like agnolotti, but the dough was made of potato. It was one of the best pasta dishes I have ever had.

        For dessert, the tiramisu semifreddo is excellent.

        45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

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        1. re: rrems

          rrems, I'm going for the first time next week. It's SO's new favorite. Unfortunately, he's been several times already . . . without me :)

          1. re: financialdistrictresident

            We went to Ciano recently. The entrance down some steps and the bar in the front of the restaurant reminded me of Periyali at first. The atmosphere was totally different. Less white and blue, more of a Tuscan decor. The space is lovely. We sat at one of the corner tables on the first floor. We had a view of the entire room including the wood table in front of the fireplace. The service was excellent, made our experience very enjoyable.

            We started with some warm bread. The wine lists are not the "books" I remember at Cru. The sommelier suggested some half bottles of wine for dinner. One of the things I enjoyed the most about Ciano was their flexibility. One of us had the tasting menu and one of us ordered ala carte. We really appreciate having the choice. Tasting menu:


            I tasted most of the courses. Enjoyed the yellow tomato gazpacho with lobster. I'm not a big radish person and several of the dishes had very thinly sliced radish. The baby octopus with peppers was very good. The lavender gelato was surprising. It seems like I've been eating a lot of lavender lately . . . Lavender gelato, lavender ice . . .

            I started with the rainbow beets with whipped robiola, wild watercress and 12 yr aged balsamic. The presentation was gorgeous! Some women like a dozen long stemmed red roses . . .this dish was the equivalent for me . . .

            SO and I shared the squash blossom with poached egg. Different. I never had a squash blossom that wasn't breaded and fried before.

            I had the pappardelle with duck bolognese, oregano and pecorino di noce. Finally, my craving for duck ragu was satisfied!

            I also had SO's crispy duck with roasted cauliflower and morel mushroom ragu from the tasting menu. As noted by RGR, the tasting portions are generous and by the time the duck arrived SO was getting full. Also, At $115 it's an excellent value.

            We had a side of white polenta with sage. It was like thick cream. Delicious. I understood why SO said it was the best polenta he's ever had.

            We had espresso and I had a dessert wine. I wish I remembered what it was . . .low alcohol, pink. . . .

            Now I know why SO keeps eating here . . .

            45 E 22nd St, New York, NY 10010

            1. re: financialdistrictresident

              nice review...will definitely try it soon...

              1. re: financialdistrictresident

                Excellent report, fdr! Glad you finally went to Ciano and enjoyed it. We did mention to our captain that they should make the tasting menu portions much smaller. Apparently, they did not take our suggestion to heart.


                1. re: RGR

                  Thanks for your kind words, RGR. We share the philosophy, less is more. Those that prefer American size portions might disagree :)

                  The bread was so good. Luckily SO saved me from myself . . .I could have been happy with their warm bread and wine . . .

                  It's also the first time in a long time where all the dishes were properly seasoned. Usually I have to ask for salt . . .

          2. Just heard about this restaurant as it was mentioned in the recent issue of Wine Spectator in a "Tastes of Italy in New York" article along with three other NYC Italian restaurants (one of which is Manzo at Eataly). Glad to hear the positive comments.