We went to Il Mulino on the advice of an Italian friend who is also a restaurant owner. When he said we would be treated to exceptional service and would have the best Italian food in New York city, he wasn't kidding.
Pre dinner appetizers include the cheese guy coming to your table with a 1/4 wheel of parmesano reggiano cheese and carving out a chunk for you, fried zucchini, lovely tomato bruschetta, salami/sausages, garlic bread, and a homemade spicy foccia that are just the beginning of a wonderful meal.
If you love Italian wines, then the list will not disappoint. The bartender selected a fine Super Tuscan for us that was an incredible value at just $85.
For our pasta dish we chose one of the days specials - a house made squid ink pasta with scallops and shrimp. As good if not better than some we have had in Italy.
For our main courses we both had veal. I had the "light veal chop" served pounded thin, then lightly breaded & sauteed and covered with an arugula salad and light dressing. To my dismay, I could only eat 1/2. If I could have finished it I would have, but even though the pace of the meal was perfect, I couldn't fit in another bite.
My husband had Scaloppine Capriccio which is veal sautéed in white wine, prosciutto, fontina cheese and mushrooms. He said he could cut the veal with a butter knife it was so tender. He absolutely loved the sauce and the flavors with the veal but also couldn't finish his meal. (he received 3 healthy size medallions and could only eat 2).
We had also ordered a side of sauteed spinach, but hardly ate any even though it was excellent.
We did wind up sharing a tiramisu - again, because the staff don't rush you, we were able to find some room. Also at the end of the meal glasses of house made golden raisin grappa were served. Now, most grappa I have had except the occasional brunello grappas or Sassicia's grappa have tasted like rocket fuel. Not Il Mulino's - very smooth and tasty.
I can't say enough about the staff & the service. Knowledgeable, attentive without being over bearing, friendly and professional. Every body worked together to make your dining experience exceptional. They even put on a fresh table cloth before the dessert and coffee course.
This is not going to be a cheap night out so don't go if you are not willing to drop a few dollars. However, you will not be disappointed with either your meal or the service and you will definitely not go away hungry.
I will definitely go to Il Mulino again next time we visit the city.
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