As you approach the restaurant, usually you'll see a small crowd mulling around outside. Sadly Bianca does not take reservations so if you arrive during prime eating time there will probably be a wait. But definitely put your name down because it's worth the wait! And if its hot or rainy outside the restaurant will usually direct you to the bar next door and they will come get you when your table is ready. Talk about entertainment while you wait!
As you step inside to your table, you'll notice that it's not a large restaurant. The space is a touch tight but the brick walls and soft lighting create a warm and cozy feel.
|Inside of Bianca - cozy and cute!|
For appetizers, we got the Spiedino di Mare (grilled shrimp and calamari on skewers), Radicchio alla Griglia in Coperta (grilled raddichio with prosciutto and pecorino cheese), and the Fegatini con Aceto Balsamico (chicken liver deglazed with aged balsamic vinegar). The grilled shrimp and calamari were tasty and perfect for a light appetizer. The raddichio was perfectly complemented with the prosciutto and pecorino.
The stunner of the appetizers, however, was the chicken liver dish! Not only was it a large serving, but the liver was seared on the outside and soft on the inside. The balsamic sauce was the perfect balance for this dish. Also, on a different setting, we ordered the mussels for our appetizer and this was excellent as well!
|Grilled shrimp and calamari on skewers|
|Chicken liver with aged balsamic vinegar sauce|
|Raddichio with prosciutto and pecorino cheese|
|All our entrees!|
All in all, we all enjoyed our meal at Bianca. Even though its cash only (booooo), its cozy atmosphere, reasonably priced dishes, and simple yet hearty meals will keep me coming back!
Piggy says Yes!
5 Bleeker St (btwn Bowery and Elizabeth)
Thanks for reading - Piggy KK