In a city where eateries come and go like taxis, a New York City restaurant lasts because it’s good or because it owns the building. For Trattoria Trecalori it’s a gem in the Theater District. I’ve been to Trecalori a few times in the past since it has moved around to several midtown locations but it’s been at 254 West 47th Street for just over eight years.
Recently, I dined with a friend and enjoyed a three hour long food orgy. The place was crowded but we were never rushed from our table. In fact, the staff was so friendly and welcoming, it was as if each person there was an old friend.
When our waiter saw that we were drinking without eating, he even reminded us we shouldn’t be drinking on an empty stomach. Talk about a good sales ploy because we immediately ordered Fritto Misto for an appetizer. It’s a mix of lightly fried calamari, zucchini sticks, shrimp and peppers served with marinara sauce. Next time, I’ll definitely order the fra diavolo sauce to kick it up a notch. By the way, I washed it down with the creamiest espresso martini. It was like a coffee milkshake.
My friend opted for a special of the night which generally includes a fish dish, a pasta selection as well as a daily lasagna and ravioli special, all made in house. Hers was freshly made spinach fettucine noodles with vegetables. Since asparagus is in season right now, the chef rightly used it wherever possible.
I chose a menu regular, Risotto Mare e Terra. It was a creamy tomato blend of scallops, shrimps and asparagus that was cheesy to perfection without being overbearing, garnished with just the right grind of black pepper.
Room for dessert? Sadly not but we each enjoyed an after dinner sambuca and anisette. While most entrees are in the $18-25 range, this wonderful foodie fest ran about $125 for two, with tax but without tip. It was well worth it.
Trattoria Trecalori has been around since 1991 and at its present location for eight years…on Broadway that’s a hit by anyone’s standards.