Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Piccolo Cafe 07-25-2011

Location: 274 40th St.
Time: 12:30pm

Feelings: You would not expect Piccolo Cafe to exist in this dull and dingy area of Manhattan. Sure, there are Boi Noodles, Muji, and Inakaya on the same street, but a quaint Italian cafe with reclaimed wood decor and organic and local ingredients is not something that comes to my mind when you see Port Authority across the street. Finally, there is a place for skinny pants and ill fitted business suits to co-exist in harmony. Piccolo Cafe's original location resides in Gramercy, more appropriate location for this type of Italian eatery.

There are too many items to choose from--panini, salads, pasta, all day organic egg sandwiches and omelettes (comes with free coffee), and I even saw $15 Lobster Roll on their chalkboard menu. The service was friendly, and I promptly received my take out order of Pasta with Pesto ($9) and Lemonade ($3) after five minutes of ordering. From what I observed, it seemed many customers were calling ahead to place their take-away orders to avoid the wait.

My pasta was fresh and chewy, and needless to say, incredibly filling. For high quality savory ingredients, $9 was quite a great deal unless you prefer bland ample sized pasta from Duke's at a cheaper price. Also, their pricing includes tax for those of you who do not like to carry change.

As I listened to the old albums of Les Savy Fav and Fugazi on my new Spotify account and devoured the tasty pesto, I realized that having pesto for lunch at work is never a good idea. I had to come to terms that I would need to brush my teeth continuously the rest of the afternoon.

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