“The only think I like better than talking about Food is eating”- John Walters
Coming from the word Maiale, that means Pig in Italian; Maialino(“piglet”) is a modern-preppy place where you and your friends could have the perfect lunch or dinner. The setting suits perfectly with the private, newyorker Gramercy Park that’s located just in front of the restaurant.
The decoration is one of a kind, and they slay on mixing the classic of the roman’s with the classy of the new Yorkers.
While they escort you to your table you will pass by a fancy bar, a pastry open counter, and a cheese table you will want to make a quick stop and take a bite, or have a drink in either one of this.
The Wine shelf’s, are coarse and they are a fair representation of their wine menu. You could find an extensive list of Italian fine wines that are hard to find in other restaurants. A good example of this could be a Barbera, a wine from the Alto Piemonte, or a well-known Nebbiolo vintage such as “Giuseppe Rinaldi“. If you get overwhelmed by too many options, and you were not sure of what would pair your meal there’s a very good sommelier you could take advise from.
I strongly recommend the Tonarelli Cacio e Pepe you can’t go wrong with this one, the home made pasta, and the blend of flavor’s would take out a big smile from your face.
Also their “Malfatti Malialino” if you like pork is the signature dish in this place, the meat is so soft and perfectly combined with the pasta and watercress that you will finish it in a glimpse.
And sometimes they have specials; ask for them. Last time I ate a ricotta cheese raviolis that where just marvelous.
One thing I really love about this place is that almost all of the pastas and primi piatis have a size option, Small or medium, so you could save a place for dessert.
Regarding dessert, I could definitely recommend la -Torta de la nonna, the lemon and nuts are just balanced in the right way. Or the classic –Affogato, with Fior di Latte and Italian coffee. And if you are in a stronger mood, please ask for a cup of sweet wine, and enjoy the cherry on top.
The music is the perfect companion with the environment, and invites you to stay and enjoy your lunch or dinner, just make sure that you’ve got time on your hands, because the service is a bit slow.