I recently went for an anniversary dinner to Asellina in the Gansevoort Park Hotel. This is a perfect date night or special occasion spot, the decor and ambiance were absolutely beautiful (see photos here), and the food equally excellent!
We started with the Wood-Fired Meatballs with cannellini beans, culatello and fontina cheese. The meatballs are definitely a must have on the menu - they were beyond delicious. The sauce was different from your usual marinara, it was much lighter and creamier. Alongside the meatballs, we ordered the Artisanal Italian Cured Meats plate, which was so fresh and has such high quality cuts of meat that you really feel like you were sitting in a restaurant in Sardinia, the native homeland of the chef at Asellina.
My fiance has visited Asellina before and raved about a pizza with a fried egg on top. Unfortunately when we saw the menu it was not there! The waiter informed us that the pizza we were referring to was only a special they sometimes have and we were extremely disappointed. Instead, we ordered Wild Mushroom Pizza with stracchino cheese and spring onions. Next time, I would suggest skipping the pizza, as it didn’t really live up to the other specialty joints like the Co.’s or Motorinos of the city.
We finished of with the Pappardelle with wild boar, red wine and fresh nutmeg. The homemade pasta was delicious, but the ragu was a bit salty. It reminded me of a very similar pasta dish I wrote about here at Mario Batali’s Eataly, which was equally delicious, if not better.
420 Park Ave South
New York, New York 10016