Monday, October 8, 2012

Restaurant Review: Lasagna Ristorante

As Alycia and I prepare to embark on a BluePrint Cleanse starting tomorrow (her second, and my first), I am sitting here in the early hours of Monday morning day-dreaming about carbs. Yummy yummy bread with cheese, or Thai noodles, anything starchy and filling to warm up this cold, cold morning. The mixed fruit I ate for breakfast is already long forgotten, and my mind is falling on the incredible lasagna I had with Alycia a few weeks back. And then I remembered that I never did write up my review of that deliciously layered goodness. So without further ado...

Lasagna Ristorante

941 2nd Ave, New York 10022 (At 50th St)

Ever since switching jobs a few months back, I have been walking home up Second Avenue from Midtown East to the Upper East Side, and passing Lasagna every day. The restaurant is warm and inviting with an open front leading to outdoor seating, under an awning that wraps around the corner property. I am always jealous of the people sitting down to delicious pasta as I pass by on my way to the gym. Blech. So when Alycia and I decided we needed another foodie outing, the Garfield in me suggested this spot.

We started off healthy with a gorgeous Arugula Salad with goat cheese, crostini, roasted pepper, and balsamic vinaigrette, accompanied by the complimentary garlic bread that is all the rave on Yelp

With 17 different kinds of lasagna to choose from, accompanied by a menu of other Italian favorites, choosing an entree was no easy task. I landed on the lasagna with hearts of artichoke and capers in pink sauce, and aLYCIA CHOSE THE lasagna primavera which had zucchini, yellow, squash, red and green pepper, broccoli, mushroom and carrots. 
lasagna with hearts of artichoke
The portions were enormous and more than satisfying. I'm not a lasagna connoisseur, but what came out was exactly what I had been craving. The artichokes an capers added a nice zing to the traditional dish, and Alycia's primavera was to die for - I think it was the red peppers that did it for me. If I were to go back, I would probably order the primavera (and I will be returning!). Prices were reasonable, and we left full and happy.

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