I arrived a touch early to snagged a seat at the bar to wait for my dining compadre (with a cocktail and my Kindle to keep me company of course). Bartender was friendly and the bar area spacious. Also great - you can transfer your bar tap to your table (its surprising how many restaurants won't do that...).
|Cocktails and Kindle! Loveee|
As dining compadre and I were shown to our table, I did see fresh tulips on every table! The rest of the space was simply decorated with an open view of the pizza oven.
|Simple and clean setup with tulips on each table|
Looking at the menu, Bread & Tulips offers an Italian style menu with antipasti, crostinis, pastas, secondis, and pizzas. Also served with the menu, a basket of great bread (the kind with crispy outsides and soft insides) and olives. I'm not a big olive fan, but dining compadre said that these were excellent.
|Menu - lots of variety|
|I love my some bread basket! Dining compadre loved the olives|
After placing our order, we were surprised with an amuse bouche of risotto balls with olive tepenade! Perfect cause I was starving and couldn't wait to get started on dinner. Or maybe it was to smooth things over after a woman fell off her chair into our table (the leg of her chair broke if you can believe it!). Either way, it was a nice gesture - thanks!
|Surprise amuse bouche: risotto balls w/olive tepenade|
First up were our appetizers of Burrata and Housemade Ricotta. That's right - we went with TWO cheese dishes. The Burrata, which is a personal favorite cheese of mine, was served over fresh heirloom tomatoes with fresh herbs and a touch of olive oil.
With such rich appetizers (and a bottle of wine between us), dining compadre and I decided to go easy on the main entree and split the Handmade Trofie. This twisty pasta was served with veal bolognese and a dollop of ricotta on top. The sauce was flavorful and went well with the ricotta, but the pasta was overdone and soft. Hmm...
And to top off our meal, we couldn't resist the call of the panna cotta. Served with peaches on top, I was surprised to note that there was a hint of alcohol in the panna cotta. Boozy dessert! I wanted to love it, but other than the hint of alcohol, there was nothing really special with this dessert.
Piggy says eh...
Bread & Tulips
365 Park Ave South (btwn 26th and 27th St)
Thanks for reading - Piggy KK