Ginger Gold (gingergold) wrote in the_green_apple,
Ginger Gold

Restaurant Review: Tanti Baci Caffe

Restaurant Name: Tanti Baci Caffe

Cuisine: Italian

Neighborhood: West Village

Address: 163 West 10th Street, 10014

Telephone: 212-647-9651


Pricing: Moderately Inexpensive

This afternoon, edward_vii and I decided to give this little caffe a try. We'd spotted it a few days back and were intrigued. The lunch menu consists primarily of pasta, though there is also a small variety of panini, salads, and sides. Bread and olive oil come with your meal.

gingergold's menu choice: Rigatoni with Pesto
The portion was a decent size. The pasta was a bit more al dente than I would have liked, but not bad. The pesto was very nice - not too light, not too heavy (heavy on the garlic, however - and that is not a complaint). The olive oil and bread served before the actual meal was quite delicious.

edward_vii's menu choice: Arucola Pere e Parmigiano
Arugula, pears and slivers of parmesan cheese.
My salad portion was a decent size as well, given that it was off the appetizer list. While I loved the rosemary and pepper infused olive oil that came with our bread, the balsamic vinegar on my salad left something to be desired. I liked it well enough, but those with distinguishing taste be advised: wait until pears are in season, and ask for your parmesan to be freshly sliced. The slivers were hard and waxy, a sure sign it was stale. On the other hand, I tried and loved gingergold's pasta, so I'm going to definitely give the caffe another go.

Notes: It is important to mention that the actual menu price is about $1-$2 off from what it currently says on the restaurant website. Pastas were about $1 more, salads were about $1 less, give or take a bit. The oudoor seating area, where we were, is tiny, but nice. There is a lower, indoor level as well, but we weren't able to sneak a peek at it. The waitress was perfectly friendly, however the service was slow. edward_vii's salad came out at least 10-15 minutes before the pasta arrived.
Tags: edward_vii, food, gingergold, italian, moderately inexpensive, restaurants, restaurants - tanti baci caffe, west village
  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.