Boungiorno! I’ve found another Italian gem, this time, in the heart of New York City – Serra Alpina by Birreria. This is the new rooftop restaurant in Eataly located in the Flat Iron district.
I of course went with none other than the beautiful Chrystal. My [food] partner in crime…
Serra Alpina is a romantic, rustic Italian dream! It’s like a winter wonderland with string lights and paper mâché leaves dangling from the ceiling. Definitely a good date spot. Since it’s just opened, it’s got that hole-in-the-wall aura to it, which in Manhattan does not last long! I recommend going ASAP.
The menu has a lot of good small plate options that are great for sharing. I would recommend ordering a few of those to share plus one pasta dish.
You’ve got to try the raclette (pictured above)! For those of you that don’t know, raclette is a wheel of cheese that is generally melted and then served by scraping a knife over it, allowing it to slide off. At Serra Alpina you have the option of having it served with a few different options; I went with the prosciutto cotto served with arugula and focaccia. Homagad. Talk about cheese heaven.
If you’re on the keto diet right now this is definitely a cheat meal you won’t regret.
When it comes to wine pairings, if you’re having red meat or a heavier pasta dish, or if you just feel like going red then definitely go with the Chianti. *insert Italian hand here*
We also tried the meatballs on the antipasti side of the menu, but those sadly did not last long enough for their own photo debut. They were that good…
For dinner we were in the mood for pasta. I mean if you’re gonna cheat, might as well do it right.
We went with the fusilli con speck e radicchio (pictured left) and the fusilli with black truffles. In case you don’t know, speck is a type of ham, almost like a bacon so it adds a saltiness to the dish, but it’s not overpowering. Radicchio is a vegetable that is similar to cabbage. Both were served diced up in the pasta. The cream sauce the dishes were served with was not too heavy which was good considering how we started the meal. Naturally, the truffles were a great addition.
Overall I’d sat this restaurant is a must this winter.