It had been a while so I decided to grab a late dinner with the boyfriend at Asellina. We both had a hankering for pasta, and since it's basically across the street from my apartment, it was an easy choice.
Similar to my last post, the bar crowd, even at 9:30PM on a Wednesday, was still quite lively, while the dining room was less so. Despite this, we were seated right next to a LOUD large group. Coupled with the 80s remix blaring overhead, there was no way the boyfriend and I could have held a conversation without screaming... which may explain why the group next to us was so loud!
After we requested the music to be turned down and were moved to a quieter table, we finally had a moment to concentrate on FOOD! The menu hasn't changed drastically since my last visit, which isn't a bad thing. The bresaola & arugula salad topped with shaved Pecorino Romano cheese with a lemony vinaigrette was a very nice start.
The boyfriend is a big fan of prosciutto, and I love mortadella, so the charcuterie plate was a no-brainer. Since we had bresaola in our salad, our thoughtful waitress asked if we would prefer to have more of another meat. More prosciutto please!
I decided to go with a pasta special: housemade beef ravioli with a celeriac-parsnip puree. I'm a huge fan of celeriac, and I really enjoyed its unsual use in this dish. I lapped up most of the "sauce" using the ravioli.
Without any influence from me or my initial post, the boyfriend opted for the saffron strozzapreti. The dish was beautiful and again delicious with a nice chewy texture, perfectly tender shrimp, a wonderful seafoody sauce and zucchini instead of butternut squash.
We went with a simple side of rapini (broccoli rabe) that I added red chile flakes to for an extra kick. Since we had such a carb-heavy meal, I thought green veggies would be a good balance.
Once again a lovely meal at Asellina!
490 Park Avenue South at 29th St
New York, NY 10016
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