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Taverna is located on Ludlow Street in the East Village of NYC. As he does in Grano Trattoria, chef and owner Maurizio Crescenzo focuses on authentic, quality Italian food.
The ambiance is warm and cozy with brick walls and candlelight. There is also a lovely garden out back if you wish to dine al fresco.
The menu options include great appetizers and delicious homemade pastas and entrees. The only thing missing is the wood-burning brick oven pizza that you can find at Grano.
On my visit to Taverna, I brought my Sicilian boyfriend, who loves good Italian food even more than I do. For appetizers, we ordered tender and delicious calamari, which were served with a spicy marinara sauce.
We also ordered grilled shrimp with pancetta and lentils, as well as a grilled artichoke and arugula salad. Both were tasty made with fresh and simple ingredients.
For my entrée, I ordered the gnocchi, which were soft and light. The waiter recommended a flavorful lamb ragu, which complemented the dish well.
My boyfriend had Branzino, which was cooked perfectly and served with sautéed spinach.
The dessert is made in house and, like the rest of the menu, is authentic and delicious. Since I already tried the delicious chocolate hazelnut tart and tiramisu at Grano, I went for the lemon panacotta, which was like a lovely creamy pudding.
My boyfriend had the apple tart, which was not sugary like apple pie but flavorful and served with marscapone cream.
As in Grano, the staff was pleasant and accommodating. Maurizio is dedicated to his craft, which comes out in the food that arrives at your table and the overall experience.
If you are looking for a great spot for a date or dinner with friends, visit Taverna di Bacco.