You could say I stumbled on Crispo as an accident. Charged with making dinner reservations for a group of 6, I booked at a nearby restaurant that was just. too. loud. Like, we’re talking the kind of walk-in, cover the ears, scream “ya wanna get outta here??” “HUH?” “I SAID, DO YOU WANT TO GET OUT OF HERE?!”, kinda destination.
I was a bit worried that it would be hard to find a table for 6 during prime time on a Thursday night, but thankfully I remembered reading good things about this Italian gem, and they were kind enough to squeeze a few tables together for us in our own little room between the front dining room and the back garden. Immediate points for hospitality (and rustic-cuteness!)
And then there was the food…
While there’s certainly no shortage of Italian restaurants in this city, Crispo delivers on authentic, fresh, and plate-licking good. Here’s a few foodie-porn shots of the dishes we devoured:
My personal highlights of the meal were the ricotta stuffed zucchini flowers as an app, and black truffle ricotta ravioli (sounds like a lot of ricotta, I know, but totally meshes so well together!)…oh, and another highlight? That we didn’t have to scream all night. That was pretty awesome, too.
WHERE: Crispo 240 West 14th Street New York, New York
If you go: Sit in the back garden (open year round!), and order the black truffle ricotta ravioli.
Have you found any tasty Italian restaurants lately?
By: Jessica Tiare Bowen