Italian Fare and Prunotto Wines at Maialino

Italian Fare and Prunotto Wines at Maialino

This past week, I enjoyed lunch at Maialino—a large Italian restaurant, which overlooks Gramercy Park. The bustling space evokes a romantic, homey feel, with tables draped in blue checkered tablecloths, intricately tiled floors, exposed wooden beam ceilings and framed pictures on the walls. The restaurant, impeccably designed by the Rockwell Group, is divided into four spaces: Bar Maialino in the front area; the Trattoria dining room; the Cucina, which divides the two spaces and houses the barista, bread and salumi stations; and the Private Dining Room.

When I visited the space, I enjoyed a sampling of rustic Italian cuisine (think Malfatti, braised suckling pig and granna padamo; Tagliata, roasted sirloin and heirloom bean panzanella; and a selection of cheeses for dessert—with honey added for a touch of sweetness). I enjoyed my meal with robust red wines from Prunotto—including Barbaresco (2011) Barolo DOCG (2009), which paired nicely with the flavorful fare.  

If you can’t make it to Italy, a meal at Maialino is the next best option.

 

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