Eating Fabulously, Christopher Stewart, restaurant review, Scarpetta, The Meatpacking District,

I love dining out with friends after clocking out of work during the week. Its a great little push to get all your work done and meet the girls for fab food and even better gossip. 

We headed to Scarpetta, an Italian restaurant with a dark and sexy decor. Modern and sleek, Scarpetta is housed inside a townhouse right at the forefront of the hip Meatpacking scene. 

Scarpetta celebrated 7 years this month, with a special 4 course prix fixe dinner menu with wine pairing included. How fab is this deal! Along with this restaurant being on my wish list for years, we figured a prix fix menu was a great way to try a new place and not put a dent in our wallets.  As we got situated and the prosecco began to flow, warm focaccia appeared on the table. The dining room began to fill and our first courses arrived, we didn't have that feeling of  "this is going to be a great meal".  The pasta course appeared next and I did not care for the wine pairing.  

Our 3rd courses arrived, and a few spoonfuls in, and we all agreed that we were under whelmed.  Underwhelmed with flavors of the dishes, underwhelmed with the service. None of the courses jumped out as amazing and they all lacked flavor, simply some more salt could have done the trick. The best course in my opinion was dessert, a citrus panna cotta which was the chefs choice. 

With all of the restaurant options surrounding Scarpetta, even small outposts housed inside Chelsea Market and the new Gansevoort Market, Im surprised that the food was not fabulous. The decor and atmosphere were great, but I can scratch this restaurant off my wish list and never look back. For a better meal, head 2 blocks down to Bodega Negra for fab food and a dope DJ after 7pm. 

1 comment

  1. This place is just great. Expect to wait if you go at a prime time, but it is worth it. Went here to grab dinner on a Tuesday night. Loved the deal at Boston restaurants, and the pasta with clams was amazing.



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