A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to try Marc Vetri’s take on rustic Italian food when I enjoyed several courses as we celebrated Slip’s birthday. This charming trattoria is quietly tucked away at 13th and Waverly, and a wonderful spot for a dinner or a drink and some small plates.
Amis offers small(er) plates, so you have the chance to try a lot of dishes. Here’s the rundown of what we shared as I sipped on Prosecco:
Bufala Ricotta with Fresh Pepper and Grilled Bread
This creamy fresh cheese was absolutely perfect on crusty smoky bread. A perfect way to start the meal as we pondered over the rest of our choices. Including…
Swordfish Meatballs with Creamy Polenta and Pinenuts
I might not have typically ordered this dish had I not heard of it on my new favorite app, Chefs Feed (I definitely have a mission to try many of the dishes listed by the city’s top chefs). The swordfish meatballs are described perfectly as “providing a surprising explosion of flavor in such a small package” by Chef David Ansill. They surprisingly taste meaty, perfectly cooked, and bedded on slightly sweet polenta. Next up…
Pigs Trotter Arancini with Fennel Mayonnaise
Anything that tastes like bacon and includes risotto and cheese and is fried crisp… well, that’s a winner. The fennel underneath was a wonderful complement to the dish. This might have been my favorite dish of the night.
Slip ordered the Roasted Lamb with Potatoes:
This dish was simple meat and potatoes, and at the same time really unique. The top of the lamb was crispy, which is unusual but delightfully tasty, and the meat was very flavorful.
I had to have pasta. All of the pastas looked amazing, but after vacillating over the several I was choosing between I decided to go with the Pappardelle with Oxtail Ragu: