Restaurateur Gianfranco Sorrentino of Naples and Executive Chef Vito Gnazzo of Salerno bring southern Italian heart and soul to Mozzarella & Vino and its sibling restaurants Il Gattopardo and The Leopard at des Artistes. They proudly proclaim that passion is their main ingredient!
image courtesy of Mozzarella & Vino
On a recent rainy day in Manhattan, I was swept away to sunny southern Italy by the endearing food, wine, and hospitality at Mozzarella & Vino restaurant (33 West 54th Street). The cool and casual little sibling to acclaimed Italian restaurants Il Gattopardo and The Leopard at des Artistes, Mozzarella & Vino is a rustic enoteca that feeds the soul and takes your taste buds on a journey. With a fantastic location just across the street from the Museum of Modern Art, Mozzarella & Vino is a welcome escape from the never-ending hustle and bustle of midtown.
Fresh and smoked mozzarella paired with tomatoes, grilled zucchini, and prosciutto.
With a name like Mozzarella & Vino, it's no surprise that these two staples of Italian cuisine appear prominently on the menu. Fresh Mozzarella di Bufala Campana is flown in twice a week from Italy. From classic to smoked, all mozzarella cravings are authentically satisfied.
Of course, no Italian meal is complete without wine. Mr. Sorrentino has personally selected a superb array of wines from smaller family estates and independent winemakers throughout Italy.
If you're going to indulge in fried foods, make it worthwhile. Mozzarella & Vino's Arancini di Riso (fried rice balls with veal, peas, and mozzarella) and Calamari Fritti with Spicy Tomato Sauce are crisp and golden but not greasy. I give them extra points for the many pieces of calamari with their crunchy and succulent tentacles still intact.
Another favorite dish was the tender and perfectly seasoned Oven Roasted Veal Brisket served with sautéed spinach. It reminded me of a home cooked Sunday dinner that was cooked with love and care.
Grazie, Mozzarella & Vino for serving delicious Italian food & wine without attitude and for warming up midtown with southern Italian charm.