It’s been way too long since I’ve eaten at Vitae. Oh, how I have missed those warm parker house rolls and veal ricotta sliders! Very happy to be introducing two friends to this amazing restaurant tonight. We shared a bunch of dishes: the veal sliders (of course), a beef tartare special (so glad we ordered it), Italian wedding soup (I cannot even begin to describe my excitement when I saw this on the menu — it’s one of my favorite soups ever), the whole brook trout with smoked fennel, yukon gold potato (super light and fresh), and the risotto with butternut squash, kale, chorizo, and duck confit (sounds like a lot of ingredients but they all worked in perfect harmony to create the most amazing flavors). We celebrated my friends’ recent birthdays with two yummy desserts, an apple tart with bourbon glazed apples and affogato with chocolate cinnamon gelatoI loved the Italian wedding soup so much that I just had to get an order to go, along with another order of those veal sliders. (Can you tell that I’m obsessed with them?) It was absolutely wonderful seeing Chef Edwin Bellanco again — he’s an incredibly talented chef and an amazing person. Thanks so much, Chef Edwin and the Vitae team, for yet another magnificent meal! Can’t wait to see you guys again soon — I’m coming back for more of that delicious Italian wedding soup!

Vitae: 4 East 46th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Madison)

Warm Parker House Rolls brushed with duck fat and sprinkled with sea salt

Amuse Bouches: homemade potato chip, fried oyster, pulled pork taco

Veal Ricotta Sliders

Italian Wedding Soup with chicken ricotta meatballs, lacinato kale, parmesan

Beef Tartare with quail egg and parmesan crisps

Risotto with butternut squash, kale, chorizo, duck confit

Whole Brook Trout with smoked fennel, yukon gold potato, malt vinegar aioli

Apple Tart with bourbon glazed apples, streusel, caramel and vanilla gelato

Affogato with chocolate cinnamon gelato, espresso, amaro cio ciaro