Del Posto – a secret club
Walking into Del Posto felt like entering a secret club. The bright New York winter sunshine was absorbed by the dark heavy furniture, leaving only dim lights, a sense of exclusivity and a hint of the olden days. The setting came complete with a piano player entertaining the diners discretly.
We started out with a small trio of appetizers.
Suppli, mortadella sandwich soup
Cotechino with lentil vinaigrette and dried fruit mostarda
My companion’ s first course was Cotechino which was cut on a trolley infront of us. It was reportedly good.
Roasted winter vegetables, truffled hazelnuts
I started out with a salad with notes of winter warmth. It was nice, but not revolutionary.
Pumpkin cappallecci with brown butter and sage
We chose to throw in a pasta course after the antipasti. Mine was a very heavy buttery portion of pumpkin cappallecci. It was wonderful and rich. The pumpkin filling was sweet and nicely complimented by the nutty touch from the brown butter.
Gnocchi con pomodoro
My fellow diner’s gnocchi was simple, tasty and filling.
I chose duck as main course. It was beautifully seared, juicy and flavourful.
Lamb alla puttanesca – my companion’s secondi
Spezzata di castagne
My dolce was a chestnut cake with warm plum macedonia and, crushed chestnuts and yoghurt gelato. The dessert was a little on the heavy side for my liking, though the yoghurt gelato did give some balance and freshness to the dessert.
Chocolate ricotta tortino
My partner’s dessert was a beautiful piece of chocolate ricottta cake. My companion found it to be lush and delicious.
I was pleasently surprised by Del Posto, I liked the somewhat simple, but refined Italian cuisine. The lunch was excellent value for money and I left the “secret club” and walked back into the brisk New York winter sunshine feeling content.
Visited: January 2011
Estimated price: 39 USD (ex. tips and tax)