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Sep 27, 2012 06:12 AM

Low Key, Good Food Village/ W Village/ Soho/ Noho

Hi All,

Any recommendations for a

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          1. re: LeahBaila

            As it turns out I'm going to Rafele with a large group next weekend. Is there anything in particular you recommend we do/not order?

            1. re: egit

              Oh wow, cool! We enjoyed:
              Lambrusco-based sangria :)
              Ask for extra of the eggplant caponata that accompanies the gratis bread. Delish!
              Homemade pastas were good - I ordered one of the evening's specials.
              We liked the meatball appetizer, but I added salt.
              Eggplant melanzana was good, too.
              There are more things that I would like to try upon a return visit...

              I'd skip:
              Fried artichokes

              1. re: LeahBaila

                Melanzana simply means eggplant. Did you mean eggplant parmigiana, perhaps?

                1. re: Pan

                  They call it melanzana on the menu...theirs is like eggplant parm and pretty damn good, at that.

                  1. re: LeahBaila

                    That's like calling eggplant "eggplant" on an American menu. Nothing strange about it, but it tells no-one anything about the way it's cooked.

                      1. re: Pan

                        The eggplant (or melanze if you prefer) parmigiana at Rafele is excellent, regardless of what words or language you use to describe it. It's very similar to the preparation at the late lamented Bellavitae, except perhaps the cheese was not as well carmelized. I think it's eggplant, cheese and tomato sauce, more or less fitting my seven ingredient or less Italian fixation. Try it! The cauliflower is also excellent.

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