Eating Homemade Pasta at Piccola Cucina Osteria | Soho, New York City
I’d like to start this post by apologising for the lack of photos in this post and also for the quality of the images but I couldn’t miss out on reviewing this fab restaurant in Soho. As I write this Piccola Cicina Osteria is currently ranked #1 on Trip Advisor as the best restaurant in New York City. Before our trip to NYC earlier this month, we decided to look at the latest trending restaurants in the city and Piccola Cucina Osteria caught our eye with their mouthwatering photographs and positive reviews raving about their homemade Sicilian pasta.
We booked a table around a week in advance on the OpenTable app for Sunday 14th July at 7:30pm. The restaurant is located in Soho so we got a subway from Bryant Park down to Washington Square and walked from there which didn’t take long. We arrived a little early so we had to wait outside until our table was ready. Be warned that this restaurant is really small and tables are pretty cramped together but that’s actually mentioned in the name as Piccola means small in Italian.
Despite the menu being very seafood-oriented which is not something I enjoy, there were a few meaty dishes to choose from too. I have been longing for a fresh ravioli dish for months now and was happy to see they have a Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli ($17) on the menu which was served in the most amazing ‘sausage sauce’ with lovely chunky bits of sausage scattered throughout which was a pleasant surprise. I absolutely loved my dish and like that it was served in a large sauce pan. You could tell the pasta was homemade as it stuck to your teeth a bit.
Despite Adam having a taste for seafood, he went for a meaty option for a change with the Wild Boar Ragu on Green Tagliatelle ($20). This pasta dish was topped with a black truffle which had a very mild, unsweetened, unsalted taste but was incredibly fragrant, a taste that I didn’t enjoy but Adam thought it complemented his main very well. The ragu and tagliatelle on the other hand were both amazing. As the #1 restaurant in New York City we thought the prices were very reasonable and it was in fact one of the cheapest evening meals we got during our visit to the Big Apple.
After an underwhelming experience at Olio e Pui on Greenwich Avenue in New York during our last visit which was also ranked in the top 20 of best restaurants in NYC we were reluctant to rely on Trip Advisor again for restaurant recommendations however Piccola Cucina Osteria certainly helped win us over and have trust in Trip Advisor again.
Going to this Sicilian restaurant and trying handmade pasta for the first time has made us want to book our honeymoon to Napoli where we can eat homemade pasta and Neapolitan pizza until our hearts content.
Piccola Cucina Osteria | 196 Spring Street | New York | NY 10012