This summer’s NYC Restaurant Week runs from July 22 to August 16th. Of the 292 participating restaurants, we decided to try lunch at the Italian restaurant A Voce in the Flatiron District. On the menu was a selection of three Antipasti, three Secondi, and two desserts.
For starters, we had the salad and pancetta. The salad, Misticanza, was a refreshing mix of arugula, endive, basil, parsley, dill, and other herbs. Topped with ricotta and a light dressing, this paired well with a glass of crisp Alsace Riesling.
|Misticanza – arugula, herbs, citron vinaigrette, ricotta salata|
The pancetta was a wonderful starter. A thick slice of juicy pork belly garnished with figs, microgreens and chopped pistachios. The pork belly was very tender and melted in our mouths. The cauliflower puree added a nice touch to the dish.
|Pancetta (pork belly, figs, cauliflower, pistachio)|
|Branzino (mediterranean sea bass, fregola, grilled calamari, capers)|
The chicken breast was perfectly seasoned and cooked. The porcini purée was amazing. Joking, yet serious, I told my dining partner that I wished the restaurant sold the sauce in a bottle so I could pair it with everything. The sauce is rich and creamy with hints of mushroom.
|Pollo – rosemary and lemon marinated chicken, porcini puree, chanterelles, cippolini.|
|Limone – yogurt mousse, meyer lemon, cocoa nibs|
The Coppa was also excellent. It starts off with a layer of chocolate ganache, topped with coffee gelato, and a thick layer of milk foam. If you’re a coffee lover, I highly recommend it. It’s savory and not too heavy.
|Coppa – cafe coffee gelato, chocolate ganache, milk foam|
At the end of the meal, we were given complimentary Limoncello Marshmallows. These were light and packed with flavor. Would it hurt to have it with a shot of limoncello?
Overall, a great dining experience. The food was excellent, especially for the fixed price of $25 for restaurant week. Our lunch was a little over an hour long, making this a great spot for a power lunch.
A Voce also has a location in Columbus Circle.
41 Madison Ave
New York, NY 10010
Tel: (212) 545-8555