Refined Roman Cuisine Meets The Posh NY Crowd At Antica Pesa
Opening its doors into an ambience of total elegance, Antica Pesa greeted us with the warmest of welcomes and introduced us to the refined Roman hotspot that was missing from edgy Williamsburg. Serving an array of traditional Italian dishes spiced with a fiery hint of modern American cuisine, this luxurious restaurant is exactly the opposite of what a Brooklyn local would expect to find on the corner of North Seventh and Berry – which is, in part, what makes it so special.
We started off the night with a crisp white wine, and an octopus carpaccio – because what else would one choose to savor in the heat of the New York summer? The fresh octopus was adorned on the plate in paper-thin slices, accompanied with pralined almonds and drizzled with housemade maple syrup dressing.
We sat at the spot’s ample bar as we enjoyed another chilled sip of wine. The mood was tranquil yet romantic, and the decoration gave us of that old-money lavish European cottage feel that all passionate city folk so long for.
Next came the Risotto agli Asparagi e Fiocchi di Blu. Soft, bathed in Parmigiano Reggiano and cooked to perfection, this dish brought us right back to the charming lands of la bella Roma, where food is not food if not enjoyed with family, and grown from the land.
A deep red wine followed, as we took a moment to cleanse our palette and process the collection of vibrant flavors we’d just taken in with every bite.
A grilled white fished fillet complimented the complex taste of the wine’s rich earthy tones. Served with a creamy, butter-filled smoked eggplant purée and topped with sautéed cherry tomatoes, black olives and capers, this Italian-American entrée was another delectable win inside the wholesome culinary experience that was this dinner.
A posh Tartelletta al Cacao was the final touch. Made with Gianduia panna cotta and fresh icy red strawberries, this quaint dessert gave us the sweet ending we so needed.
For a true Manhattan spin on Italian classics, this Williamsburg hideaway is the one.