Abboccato Ristorante is celebrating Le Marche this month with an amazing four course dinner and wine pairing that will instantly transport you to the famed central region in Italy.  Nestled between Tuscany and the Adriatic Sea, the Le Marche area is best known for its seaside resorts that drive tourism, and their wonderful food. The restaurant owners, the Livanos family, hail from the region and thanks to their heritage, serve up some of the city’s finest authentic, homestyle Italian cuisine.

There are so many things to love about Abboccato that we don’t know where to start!  From its central midtown location adjacent to Theatre District (perfect for that pre-show dinner or post-Broadway nightcap) to its cozy atmosphere, this little gem knows how to provide Italian comfort food and still meet discriminating foodie expectations.  Even the intimate private dining room up front seems to beckon you in for a festive celebration amongst you and 20 of your closest friends.  (In fact, we’ve got our eye on that space for our next client dinner!)

 

 

The four course menu starts off with a light and incredibly fresh Tartare di Tonno (tuna tartar) antipasti that is full of flavor and mixes a layer of crostini in for added texture.  Paired with a glass of the organic Saladini Pilastri Falerio white wine that accompanies the special menu, the combination is perfection.

Moving on to the Spaghetti Alla Chitarra for the Primi course, we enjoyed the pasta dish mixed with clams, prosciutto, tomatoes and scallions.  Abboccato Chef Partner Jim Botsacos and Chef de Cuisine David Arias take great pride in preparing their own pastas by hand, just like grandma would do back in Italy.

 

 

By the time the Brodetto Di Pesce secondi course was delivered, we were already getting full but couldn’t stop eating the delicate branzino and seafood stew, served in a light broth.  This dinner is all about savoring the flavors of La Marche and enjoying good wine and great conversation, and we did just that.

As if we hadn’t been gluttonous enough with the first 3 courses, the Ciambellone Alle Fragole dessert was the icing on the spongecake.  Layered with a creamy mascarpone and strawberry sauce, it was light as air but still decadent.  By this time everyone at the table was begging for coffee to wake them out of their food coma!

 

 

Every course reflected the restaurant’s commitment to serving the best foods of Italy, and they have several different ways for guests to experience that – be it lunch, dinner, weekend breakfast, Nonna’s Sunday supper, or even a meal to-go using the Seamless app on your phone. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Check out ‘Taste of Le Marche’ 4-course dinner for $65 (including 2 glasses of wine) before July 16.

Buon appetito,

~JetSetLeslie