After downing some tasty cocktails at the JBF Greens mixology event, I was hungry and ready to chow down on some good eats. For my appetizer, I tried a new pasta – Trenette with summer squash pesto and ricotta salata – and totally fell in love with it! The perfect summertime pasta. I’ve got a pretty big appetite, so I went with another pasta (one of the specials) as my entree, Cavatelli with black truffles and brown butter. It tasted every bit as good as it sounds. And as an added bonus, we ordered the Maialino al Forno (roast suckling pig) for the table to share. Anyone who knows me knows how I feel about this dish (basically, I’m obsessed). It was heaven on a plate. Our server, Sinead, was super friendly, incredibly knowledgeable, and just overall wonderful in every way. She made fantastic wine recommendations for us, including a sparkling red wine (Paolo Palumbo) and a lambrusco (Pronto). The consistently delicious food and exceptional service are why ¬†Maialino has become one of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan.

Maialino: 2 Lexington Ave (at East 21st Street)


Paolo Palumbo Doc Lettere Sparkling Red Wine


Paolo Palumbo Doc Lettere Sparkling Red Wine


Trenette (Summer Squash Pesto & Ricotta Salata)


The black truffle box


Shaving the black truffles — keep ’em comin’! :)


Cavatelli (Black Truffles & Brown Butter) – special of the night


Maialino Al Forno (Roast Suckling Pig)


Love that crispy skin


Pronto Lambrusco


Torta de Oliva (Olive Oil Cake)