Monday, December 10, 2012

Day 941 : Lunch at A Voce Columbus

This weekend was a blur of holiday parties full of good cheer, good drinks, good friends, good food, and of course good cheese! But in the process, we fell a little behind in our cheese musings and for that my dear friends, I am sorry.

It's catch up time!!

Lets rewind the clocks back to Saturday afternoon and lunch at AVoce Columbus Circle. Located at the other end of the third floor corridor of the Time Warner Center as my other local favorite, Landmarc. Elegant and sleek with a warm inviting atmosphere, this rustic yet elevated, inventive Italian restaurant looks out onto Central Park and currently the Public Art Fund's Discovering Columbus exhibition.

The room was a-buzz with holiday cheer on Saturday -- friends enjoying a late brunch; families enjoying a little midday nibble; those in from out of town trying this well regarded restaurant; couples in the holiday mood toasting the season and many others.

We started with their complimentary homemade whipped ricotta topped with olive oil, chili, sea salt, and parsley served with homemade foccacia. Fresh, creamy, and delish, this is such a nice interpretation of the classic bread and butter or bread and olive oil to start off the meal.

I had their funghi al forno dish -- a beautifully composed plate of roasted trumpet royal mushrooms, fonduta, mache, and roasted hazelnuts. Rustic yet refined, flavorful yet simple and perfectly seasonal. Great with the glass of Nero D'Avola I was enjoying.

We of course had to split their brussels sprouts contorni served with chili, lemon, and shaved pecorino. Warm and comforting yet with a dynamic bright depth and very well balanced.

Overall - a delish meal with stunning views of Central Park in a cozy yet sophisticated environment. It is always a pleasure to visit A Voce Columbus.

A Voce Columbus
Time Warner Center
3rd Floor

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