Flavored by Passion: Mozzarella & Vino Brightens Midtown Manhattan with Southern Italian Cuisine & Charm

From www.blackdresstraveler.com by Wanda Mann
Flavored by Passion: Mozzarella & Vino Brightens Midtown Manhattan with Southern Italian Cuisine & Charm

Gianfranco Sorrentino & Vito Gnazzo 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! 
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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. 

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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.

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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.  

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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. 

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Meatballs, glorious meatballs - one of the ultimate comfort foods. Mozzarella & Vino's meatballs are juicy, flavorful, and paired with a rich tomato sauce. Big enough to share but I didn't!

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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. 

IMG_1423A special thanks to manager George Coteanu and marketing director Jim Taylor for making my visit to Mozzarella & Vino so wonderful!

Grazie, Mozzarella & Vino for serving delicious Italian food & wine without attitude and for warming up midtown with southern Italian charm. 

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