Back at Maialino after three long months… I’ve really missed their pastas and pork. We started off with a bottle of Pronto Lambrusco (my new fave) and I went for the Testarella (crispy pig face salad) as my appetizer. When the dish arrived at our table, I was a little surprised at the presentation — a mild reaction compared to my dinner guests who were quite shocked. It was an actual pig’s face on the plate. Unfazed, I dug right in, “ooh”ing and “ah”ing in between bites of crispy skin, succulent cheek meat, and luscious fat. It was pretty amazing. The last time I dined here in July, I had the Trenette with summer squash pesto, which I was crazy about. The fall version is¬†Cavatelli with winter greens pesto — a hearty, comforting pasta that was equally as delicious. An affogato for dessert was the perfect end to yet another fabulous meal at Maialino!

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


Pronto Lambrusco


Testarella (Crispy Pig Face & Market Greens)


Cavatelli with Winter Greens Pesto and Pine Nuts