October 21, 2013

Little Italy - Da Gennaro {review}

This past weekend, we had the pleasure of having one of our nieces visit which meant spending a whirlwind day in New York City to give her a taste of as much as possible.  Let me tell you... from the Museum of Natural History, to a Broadway show to eating dinner in Little Italy... I think we covered as much ground as humanly possible in one day!

I'll be sharing more on the other parts of the day later this week.  Today it's all about dinner!  We used to frequent Little Italy whenever possible before kids.  Then, life got busy and we just never went in to eat dinner - for a really long time.  We'd go into the city and do things up in Midtown, but never made the trip downtown to Little Italy when the kids were with us.  It's not like pizza and pasta aren't things they would eat, we just figured it wouldn't be the most kid friendly place to go.

A few weeks ago, we had no dinner plans and on the spur of the moment we decided to give Little Italy a try with the kids.  Now that our boys are 10 and 11 years old now which really does make going to do things like this so much easier.

After seeing that there were still so many inviting restaurants in Little Italy it was a logical choice to go there when our niece was visiting.  After strolling down Mulberry Street, we made the decision to go into Da Gennaro for dinner.  We had eaten there years ago, so we decided it was worth seeing if they were still as good as they were back then.

It's a quaint restaurant that, like many other restaurants on Mulberry Street, is able to open up floor to ceiling windows to allow for sidewalk dining.  This is one of my favorite things about eating in this area.  I love to people watch, and having the restaurant opened up like this on nice days makes it that much more fun while you are there.  The tables inside are cozy and the interior is tastefully decorated.  Lovely paintings on the wall that give you a glimpse into Italy while you are there.

My Oldest ordered the Bruschetta appetizer as his meal since he wasn't terribly hungry.  The tomato mixture was flavorful and served on fresh, crusty bread.  Just the way you would expect it.  Since some of the topping always falls off, it was lucky that we still had some fresh bread in our basket on the table so that he could use it to finish off every last bite.


I opted for the Rigatoni ala Vodka - I'm always in search of a really good vodka sauce.  Some places really don't make a good vodka sauce... you know the kind where you want to sop up the sauce with every last pice of bread on the table.  This sauce was creamy and it was a perfect excuse to indulge in a couple of slices of bread to sop up the sauce.  Hard to resist!

Rigatoni ala Vodka
The dish My Husband ordered was a farfalle pasta with sausage and spinach (he requested the spinach be substituted for broccoli rabe and our waiter was more than happy to accommodate this change).  It was served with a simple garlic and olive oil sauce that I think we are going to have to recreate at home.  I only had a small taste, but the flavor of this simple sauce was a perfect compliment to the rest of the dish.  It didn't have a heavy feeling as many pasta sauces do, and this is another one that would be ideal for sopping up with some crusty bread.

Farfalle with Sausage and Spinach
Our niece chose the Parmesan stuffed shells with tomato and mozzarella... the fact that there wasn't anything left to share speaks volumes!  While I didn't get to sample this dish, I think the addition of fresh mozzarella slices on top of each stuffed shell and then broiled had to be what put this dish over the top!

Stuffed Shells
My Youngest opted for his usual... plain pasta with the sauce and meatball served on the side.  He likes to mix it himself so that it's not "too saucy".  I did get to sample the meatball - it was big enough for everyone to have a taste!  It was juicy and one of the best meatballs I've tasted at a restaurant.

Overall, we all enjoyed our evening at Da Gennaro and would be happy to go back again!  If you are in NYC and have the time to visit Mulberry Street, add Da Gennaro to your list of restaurants to try!

Da Gennaro
129 Mulberry Street
New York, NY 

Please note that all photos and content belong to Patsy Kreitman, unless otherwise noted. If you want to use something please ask first.


Bianca @ Confessions of a Chocoholic said...

Everything looks delicious! The stuffed shells is making me hungry... :)

Jocelyn said...

Little Italy sounds like a wonderful place to eat!! I can imagine all of the deliciousness... Mmmm!! Your food looks awesome!!

Printer Friendly