When Spiaggia opened 29 years ago, it was noted for many things about the way it raised the bar for Italian food in a red sauce town, but perhaps the most notable of all was its pasta made with a delicacy and regional authenticity that instantly set it above nearly every other Italian restaurant in town. Three decades and dozens of restaurants aiming for Italian authenticity later, we would say Spiaggia has rivals, but no superiors, in that regard and that ongoing legacy of excellence is what a new degustation menu at Spiaggia celebrates. Or, rather, a series of menus, which will change with the seasons to highlight a different side of Spiaggia's skill with flour and egg. The first one up is devoted to filled pastas six courses showing how pasta serves as a container for all the flavors of Italy. Beginning in April they'll look at Italian-American classics ("reinvented Spiaggia style"); July kicks off a celebration of Italian coastal pastas, focusing on seafood; and October launches "Edible Earth," an exploration of grains and other earthy flavors (including the Mieli Thun honey that's a favorite of chef Sarah Grueneberg). The dinners are $95, with wine pairings for $55. Our man Huge Galdones was invited to document this first menu devoted to filled pastas; see his slides below.
Trio di Tagliolini con Cavale
Buckwheat pasta with Black River Osetra caviar, crème fraiche and chive; Squid ink pasta with wild Steelhead trout roe, Pugliese tomato and turnip; Spinach pasta with smoked Arctic char roe, Pugliese Burrata and herbs. Pairing: M.V. Blanc de Blancs Premier Cru, Brut; Pierre Gimonnet, Côtes des Blancs, Champagne.
Composizione di Gamberi e Cappesante
Cooked and raw Spanish red prawns and Nantucket Bay scallops, smoked Spanish paprika, fennel emulsion and herb filled pasta sheets. Pairing: 2010 Petite Arvine, Elio Ottin, Valle d’Aosta.
Agnolotti di Ricotta di Bufala e Pecorino Toscano
Calabro ricotta and Tuscan pecorino filled pasta with fresh Perigord black truffle pate. Pairing: 2007 Pinot Noir ‘Campo alle More,’ Gini, Veneto.
Tortelloni in Brodo "Dal Pescatore"
Braised Becker Lane pork skin filled pasta with brodo, Jidori chicken roulade, chicken crackling and Acetaia San Giacomo 25 year aged balsamico. Pairing: 2005 Montevertine di Montevertine, Radda, Toscana.
Paccheri al Forno, Ripieni con Salsiccia
Wood roasted paccheri pasta filled water buffalo milk ricotta, Sardinian lamb sausage, saffron, sesame seeds and Guinco Sardinian pecorino. Pairing: 2008 Barolo, Marengo, La Morra, Piemonte.
Tomino da Padella in Crosta di Pasta
Cocoa corzetti pasta fritter filled with Padella tomino, cinnamon,dark chocolate and sour cherry sorbetto. Pairing: 2011 ‘Bigaro,’ Elio Perrone, Asti, Piemonte.
Most Viewed Stories
Korea’s New KFC Double Down Is Even More Horrifying Than the Original
Café Owner Infuriates Parents by Banning Kids Who ‘Run Rampant’
Jim Gaffigan May Have Killed Hot Pockets Once and for All
Alan Cumming Does Most of His Cooking in His Dressing Room
This Restaurateur Tracked Down and Stalked a Yelper
What to Eat at Vic’s, the Five Points Team’s Fresh New RestaurantAll openings »
The Marrow Will Close Tomorrow NightAll closings »
Search by name
Or, search by
Stories Elsewhere You Might Like
These Bloody Torture Shots Will Send a Chill Down Your Spine
Beer in Box: Bring back summer with Brooklyn Brew Shop's Bikini Beer kit
Make This Delicious Muddled Cocktail While Jack Daniel’s Rested Rye is Still Available
From Portugal with Love: We review Aldea chef George Mendes's new cookbook, "My Portugal"
powered by PubExchange
Latest News on Grub StreetWylie Dufresne Commemorating Final Two Weeks of wd~50 With Ticketed Blowout Feasts
Wylie Dufresne's pioneering restaurant is going out with a crazy modernist bang, or course, and not at all with a whimper.Girl Who Was Burned by Hot Denny's Coffee Will Get $500K
The waitress who put the cup on the table's edge was negligent.Entire Family Gets Paralyzed After Feasting on Deadly Pufferfish by Mistake
Fugu is apparently as dangerous as everyone says, and doesn't have to be served raw and in Japan by a careless sushi chef to mess you up.Grub Street’s Restaurant Power Rankings: Tacos, Tarte Tatin, and More
Find out where to eat in Grub Street's weekly ranking of the city's most-buzzed-about restaurants.5 Awesome Outtakes From Alan Cumming’s Grub Street Diet Shoot
He's a very good sport.People Upset With ‘Illegal Pete’s’ Burrito Shop for Obvious Reasons
"This is a place that's going to instill violence in our community," critics say.This Restaurateur Tracked Down and Stalked a Yelper
"Straight up though if I ever see you near one of my places of business, we are going to have a discussion."Kristen Wiig and Fabrizio Moretti Dine at Locanda Verde; Leonardo DiCaprio Opts for Omar’s
This week's Celebrity Settings.Belgian Chocolate Company ISIS Decides It's Time to Change Its Name (Again)
They found a replacement that has less of a jihadist ring to it.After Ebola-Related Closing, the Gutter Will Reopen Today
Meanwhile, Brooklyn Bowl is all like, "it wasn't us."
"I have loads of water and vitamins, but also loads of vodka sodas."These Guys Are Buying Every Beer in America to Make a ‘Pandora for Alcohol’
The 40,000-brew quest doesn't involve any actual drinking.Korea’s New KFC Double Down Is Even More Horrifying Than the Original
There's a burger patty in there!Café Owner Infuriates Parents by Banning Kids Who ‘Run Rampant’
"The short answer is No, we are not child friendly."Jim Gaffigan May Have Killed Hot Pockets Once and for All
Kate Upton isn't helping things much, either.Culinary Superstars Christian Puglisi and Chad Robertson to Cook Dinner at Rose Bakery Next Month
Denmark's hottest chef and America's reigning celebrity baker are joining forces for one night only inside Dover Street Market.New Restaurateur Is Positive He Owns the Diner From Famed Nighthawks Painting
The real question is where are Marilyn Monroe, James Dean, and Elvis?52 Gorgeous Photos From Chef Alain Passard’s Truly Excellent Twitter Feed
He exclusively posts food porn.Swiss Company Has No Idea Why It Released Hitler-Themed Coffee Creamer
They also had Mussolini ones in hazelnut.Street Food All-Stars Join Forces for New Harlem Market
It all starts this Sunday, and there will also be beer.
A staff dinner with the celebrity chef who hates celebrity.The Most Patriotic Thief Ever Stole a Big Rig Full of High Life
44,000 pounds of the Champagne of Beer is enough to power a large party in a small country.What to Eat at Vic’s, the Five Points Team’s Fresh New Restaurant
It opens tonight.A New Study Confirms We’re Entering a ‘Golden Age’ of Bourbon
It expects investments totaling $800 million over the next five years.Watch As Experts Rave About ‘Organic Food’ That’s Really Just McDonald’s
Pranksters strike again!Grimaldi’s Shanghai Imposter Looks Pretty Horrible
The impostors even have a bright blue sign that reads, "I'm gonna make you a pizza you can't refuse."Introducing Sea Change, the ‘Uni of Cheese’
You can get it tomorrow at Saxelby Cheesemongers.Lucasfilm Is Not a Fan of Empire Brewing’s ‘Strikes Bock’ Beer
The resemblance is too strong in this one, it tells the U.S. patent office.Starbucks Will Unveil Its Chestnut Praline Latte Next Month
It's the first new holiday drink in five years.Grindhaus Hits the Reset Button With a Brand-New Chef and Steak for 2
The Red Hook restaurant has put a giant sirloin on the menu. It costs $50 and feeds at least two people.
Served at his new casual outpost, Aldo Sohm Wine Bar.Here Are the 2015 Michelin Stars for San Francisco; Benu and Saison Both Get Major Upgrades
Chefs Corey Lee and Joshua Skenes join the three-star club.Restaurant Posts Somber ‘Obituary’ After Upstairs Neighbor Kills the Business
"Cause of death: The HMO owner who did not fix a leak."McDonald’s Figures Out That People Sort of Hate Going to McDonald’s
The megachain's profits take a dive while Chipotle just keeps on killing it.A Man Claims His Golden Corral Chili Contained a Snaggletoothed Rat Head
"I was like, 'Maybe, you know, sometimes you get a hard bean inside.'"Burrata Everywhere: 24 Places to Eat Everyone’s Favorite Menu Item
It's the new bacon.Cappuccino Chips Are, Thankfully, No Longer Happening
Wasabi Ginger has won Lay's "Do Us a Flavor" contest in an apparent landslide, and no one is demanding a recall.L.A.’s Top Round Roast Beef Plans to Open in NYC, and Everywhere Else
Bring on the Beef on Wecks, Provel-topped steak sandwiches, and gravy-topped dirty fries.World Decides Deep-Fried Candy Corn Is One Step Too Far
"Those four words in THAT order? NAW."Above the Fray: How Restaurants Become Impervious to Criticism
To be above a certain threshold is to enter a kind of realm of immortality and myth, immune to the random quibbles of everyday life.
Choose this Poké Ball and get 26 traditional osechi dishes for $136.Brave Chili’s Cook Vows to Capitalize on Shirtless Viral Photo Shoot That Got Him Fired
"Trust and believe I'm capitalizing."First Look at Empellon al Pastor, Now Open in the East Village
Alex Stupak has flung open the doors of his much-anticipated bar-tortilleria in the East Village.Eataly’s Wine Shop Makes a Triumphant Return
The celebration includes free glasses of sparkling wine tonight.The Race to Create America’s Premier Carbonated Cold Brew
The Austin-based company Coffer has already attracted attention from coffee industry heavyweights.Ben & Jerry’s Defends Its ‘Hazed & Confused’ Ice Cream
The company told angry parents nothing about it "condoned hazing, supported hazing, or even inferred hazing."Yotam Ottolenghi on Instant Ramen, Plenty More, and His Secret Candy Stash
"People are becoming quite precious about what they eat."New York Taste Returns Next Month
Our annual culinary extravaganza happens November 10 with more than 40 of New York's best chefs and restaurants.The 10 Best Lines From Jay Rayner’s Brutal Steakhouse Takedown
"The most unintentionally funny restaurant to open in London in a very long time."Danny Meyer’s Untitled at the Whitney Closed in Advance of Its Move Downtown
The Breuer building is closed, but the huckleberry pancakes will be back in May of 2015.