Sunday, March 11, 2012

Contorno's Restaurant Opening and Media Tasting

Top: Shrimp Al Pancha - White Heirloom Beans, Spicy Salami, Tomato Jus
Bottom: Old Fashion Veal Meatballs - Chick Pea Puree, Veal Jus

On February 22nd, I attended Contorno's Restaurant opening and media tasting at 30 West 31st Street (between 5th and Broadway) inside the new boutique Holiday Inn Express. Guests sampled Rustic Italian style small plates from the menu, by executive chef David Buico, and paired their plates with featured wines. My favorite plates are the Old Fashion Veal Meatballs, Shrimp Al Pancha and Homemade Fettuccine. The desserts - a Milk Chocolate & Pistachio Tart and a New York Cheese Cake are both amazing!

Contorno's has an open layout, with seating for up to 110 guests. The Contorno's staff provided amazing, friendly service, making sure everyone had a chance to try each of the small plates.

Contorno's holds Wine Flight Tuesdays each week, in which GM/Sommelier Marta Cisneros leads customers in sampling a red or white wine flight from a different region, and helping them learn about the wine and how to pair it with different dishes. A late night bar menu and weekly Happy Hour Special from 4:30-6:30 has recently been introduced, with all house wine, well drinks and beer for just $5.

Check out the full menu at

Top: Grilled Flat Bread - Wild Arugula, Prosciutto and Shaved Parmigiano-Reggiano
Bottom: Crostini - Gorgonzola and Fresh Honey Comb served on Toasted Raisin Walnut Ciabatta

Top: Homemade Fettuccine - Porcini Mushrooms, Crispy Artichokes and Parmigiano

Dinner entrees
Top left: Mozzarella w/ Hot House Tomatoes and Smoke Prosciutto
Top right: Branzino - Pancetta Toasted Spaetzle, Brussels Sprout Leaves in Potato Cream
Bottom left: Spaghetti with Grandma Buico Tomato Sauce
Bottom right: Milalino - Crispy Suckling Pig, Roman Artichokes w/ Pork Jus

Left: New York Cheesecake
Right: Milk Chocolate & Pistachio Tart

- Kim Weling

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