Last week I sat down to lunch at Scuderia, a new Italian eatery located across the street from Da Silvano and Bar Pitti, and in fact related to the two. It’s bright and modern and fronted in glass, so that in the warmer weather people might spill out onto cafe tables and wave to their tradionalist friends at the old hangout spots across Sixth Ave. Judging by the menu, I think this place aims to get those people who like good food and lots of fun.
The menu is that of a pretty straightforward Italian trattoria, although it offers Italian takes on such American classics as the burger. On offer is various antipasti, small thin-crust pizzas, pastas and some impressive entrees. My lunch partner and I shared a creamy burrata covered in shaved black truffles and served over proscuitto crostini, the “Scuderia” pizza with blue cheese, fig jam and speck, a seared halibut and caccioucco, a seafood stew. All were very good, particularly the pizza and the stew, and paired nicely with the glass of Verdicchio on offer. I feel guilty saying this, but perhaps the highlight of the afternoon was the Italian ice cream sundae, a decadent parfait of vanilla gelato on top of hazelnut gelato on top of chocolate gelato on top of creamy peanut butter, topped with two amaretti-soaked cherries. We said we were full, but we finished the whole thing.
Scuderia, located at 10 Downing St in the West Village (NOT to be confused with it’s next door neighbor, another new restaurant called 10 Downing). For more info, visit their website here.