Chef Michael White never lets me down. I knew I was going to love his newest restaurant, Nicoletta, a casual pizzeria that opened last summer in the East Village. Since we were having a big family dinner, we went all out and ordered meatballs, rice balls, fingerling potatoes, Italian wedding soup, two salads (panzanella and arugula), lasagna, spaghetti and meatballs, chicken parmigiana, and four different types of pizzas: classica, carbonara, parmigiana, and calabrese. Whew! And that’s not including dessert — vanilla gelato with assorted toppings (salted caramel, pistachio brittle, crushed oreos, you name it). I sampled a little (and sometimes a lot) of pretty much everything… and was a very happy camper. The meatballs were outstanding — so moist and flavorful. I think I inhaled three of them as soon as they hit the table. The suppli (deep-fried rice balls with mozzarella and pork ragu) and fingerling potatoes (with pecorino, lemon, and truffle oil) were both amazing. I must say that the Italian wedding soup was the best I’ve ever had (I took it home so I could enjoy it again later). The broth did it for me (it was so delicious) and, of course, those mini meatballs. I’m a huge fan of Chef Michael’s pastas, and the spaghetti was no exception — it was cooked al dente with a great tomato sauce. All of the pizzas were fantastic, particularly the parmigiana pizza which had fried eggplant. On top of the amazing food, our server couldn’t have been more friendly and helpful — he really gave exceptional service. Such a fun night with great company and delicious Italian food. I’ll be going back very soon with some more family members that I know will love it as much as I did.
Nicoletta: 160 Second Avenue (at East 10th Street)
POLPETTE (brick-oven baked neapolitan meatballs, pomodoro, bread crumbs)
ITALIAN WEDDING SOUP (mini meatballs, pasta, sauteed spinach, garlic, chicken broth, thyme, parmesan)
PATATE (crispy fingerling potatoes, pecorino, lemon, truffle oil, parmesan fonduta)
SUPPLI (risotto, mozzarella, pork ragu)
CLASSICA PIZZA (pomodoro, whole milk mozzarella, aged parmesan, fresh basil)
SPAGHETTI & POLPETTE (semolina pasta, neapolitan meatballs, pomodoro, garlic, parmesan)