C’Anna’s friend Lucy (or is it Lisa?) told her about it before we arrived in NYC on Wednesday. I’m not sure if it was because I was absolutely starving or because I just haven’t had amazing Italian food since I was there this summer, but Inoteca hit the spot in every sense of the word.
I can’t remember what everyone had, but I started off with Inoteca’s signature bruschette called “Truffled Egg Toast.” It was a bruschetta covered with an egg, served with asparagus. By far the best bruschette I’ve had in a while. After that I ordered a panino with portabella mushrooms, mozarrella, pesto and spinach. I wish that I could convey the types of emotions that came over me when I took that first bite, but it’s not possible on a blog. The pesto that came with the sandwich was THE BEST pesto in the entire world. Please order that sandwich if you ever go.
In true Italian style, we were all sharing our food. I wasn’t because no one else really liked the sound of my food, even though it was the best sandwich I may have ever eaten. C’Anna ordered a plate of meatballs, which were again, the best meatballs I have ever eaten. There was very little (if any?) tomato sauce. It was all in the seasoning and texture.
I wanted to get dessert but wanted to save room for Billy’s Bakery, where I had a red velvet cupcake last April when I came to visit Johnny for his birthday. So I passed on the dessert, but word from the table is that it was just as amazing.
Inoteca also has a massive wine selection, but I wasn’t in the mood for wine. I can only imagine that the wine is absolutely amazing there. Overall, I would recommend this restaurant to anyone that is visiting NYC, or is going to be in the lower east side. It’s definitely worth every penny!
Inoteca is located at 98 Rivington Street on the lower east side. If you want to check out Inoteca’s website where you can check out their menu along with other things, it’s www.inotecanyc.com